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31.5.07

Western Morning News 31.5.07 'IT IS SOMETHING I NEVER, EVER WANT TO SEE AGAIN' - Born and brought up at Berry Barton Farm, Dunsford, near Exeter, Willie Cleave lived with his mother Mary, father Walter, brothers Arthur and John and sister June… Willie began his chosen career as a sheep dealer and farmer at Gribbleford Bridge on the outskirts of Hatherleigh before relocating to Burdon Farm at Highhampton where he farms with his family today…. I would also repeal the Hunting Act. Anyone who hunts is welcome to gallop all over Barton Farm at Highhampton… (story)

Western Daily Press 31.5.07 DON'T BLAME THE BADGERS - The pro-cull and "blame the badger" lobby for TB in cattle was very keen to use the Irish solution, with their culling programme based, as it was, on antidotal evidence. Now there's not a whisper from them, as the Irish have found despite killing so many badgers to a state where they are now rarely seen, bovine TB is rampant, as in the UK… David Thomas, Wiltshire (letter)

WILD BOAR RELEASE
Whitehaven News 31.5.07 Piglets crushed to death as animal rights activists free wild boars next to M6 - A NUMBER of young piglets were crushed to death after wild boars were released from the Cumbrian farm which supplies Jamie Oliver's London restaurant…. (story)
North West Evening Mail 30.5.07 Wild boar farmer blasts animal rights attackers - POLICE are looking for a pick-up truck driver seen near a South Lakes farm where wild boar were set free.... police want to speak to a driver of a Nissan pick-up vehicle, who was seen by a neighbour around the time of the incident. He is described as a white male, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, slightly bald with short hair and aged in his 30s... (story)
North West Evening Mail 30.5.07 CCTV probe into South Lakes farm attack - CCTV images could hold the key to tracking down intruders who set wild boar free from a South Lakes farm. Thousands of pounds worth of fencing was damaged at Sillfield Farm, Gatebeck, which led to the release of other animals which fell in between fighting wild boar.... (story)
BBC News Online 29.5.07 'Mayhem' after boar farm attacked - A Cumbrian farmer has spoken of the "mayhem" created on his farm after an attack by intruders believed to be animal rights activists. Peter Gott, who breeds wild boar at Gatebeck near Kendal, said animals were killed and injured in the chaos caused by fences and walls being pulled down… (story)
Carlisle News & Star 29.5.07 Activists blamed after wild boars kill piglets By Julie Armstrong - A NUMBER of young piglets were crushed to death after wild boars were released from the Cumbrian farm which supplies Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant. Police are still investigating an attack on Peter Gott’s farm near Gatebeck in Kendal last Thursday in which fencing was cut and a drystone wall pushed over… (story)
Westmorland Gazette 29.5.07 Piglets killed in melee - The farmer whose premises were targeted by suspected animal rights activists has said that five creatures died following the attack…. Farmer Peter Gott confirmed that a sow and four piglets were killed as a result of the melee caused by different breeds and sexes of the animals being released together, when they are normally kept apart… (story)
Lancaster Guardian 29.5.07 Animal rights activists target pub - POLICE are investigating an incident which saw graffiti sprayed on the Highwayman pub in Burrow on Thursday night…. Police are linking it to an incident which occurred on Thursday night at a farm in Gatebeck, near Kendal, when wild boar were released into a field adjoining the motorway…. (story)
Telegraph 29.5.07 Pigs killed after vandals attack free range farm By Dominic Prince - Animal rights extremists have been accused of attacking a farm belonging to Peter Gott, who uses free range and organic methods and is also a mentor to Jamie Oliver. Fences that were used to keep rare breeds apart were cut and ancient stone walls were broken down to encourage the wild boar to escape…. (story)
North West Evening Mail 28.5.07 POLICE PROBE ANIMAL RIGHTS LINK TO BOAR RELEASE - ANIMAL rights activists may have been responsible for attacking a South Lakeland farm and releasing free range wild boar…. A police spokesman said: “The police are extremely concerned at the crime as the wild boar were released into a field adjoining the motorway….(story)
Sunday Sun 27.5.07 Rampage of killer boars By Robert Weatherall, The Sunday Sun - Wild boars set free by animal rights activists have ended up savaging each other to death, it has been revealed. The aggressive beasts had been held separately at the farm of Peter Gott near Gatebeck in Kendal, Cumbria, until the incident. However, after the activists cut holes in fences to liberate them the boars turned on each other and so far four have been reported dead…. (story)
North West Evening Mail 26.5.07 ANIMAL ACTIVISTS MAY HAVE TARGETED SOUTH LAKES FARM - ANIMAL rights activists may have been responsible for attacking a South Lakeland farm and releasing free range wild boar.vThe attackers struck at Sillfield Farm, at Gatebeck, near Kendal, owned by well known entrepreneur Peter Gott, whose business interests include a stall on Barrow Market. It occurred between 8am on Thursday at 9.20am on Friday…. (story)
BBC News Online 26.5.07 Activist inquiry over freed boars - Animal rights activists may be responsible for releasing wild boars from a farm in Cumbria, say police. Intruders cut through several fences and pushed over a dry-stone wall at Gatebeck near Kendal, where the boars are kept in woodland…. The incident is being linked to damage at the Highwayman pub in Burrow, Lancashire, where boar is on the menu…. (story)
Westmorland Gazette 26.5.07 Attack on farm could have caused motorway accident - POLICE suspect animal rights activists are behind an attack at a farm near Kendal, which could have caused a serious motorway accident… (story)
Carlisle News & Star 26.5.07 Wild boar released from farm - POLICE suspect animal rights activists of attacking a Cumbrian farm and releasing wild boar into a field next to the M6 motorway…. Tyres on two tractors were slashed in the attack and damage worth a total of £1,300 was caused. Police said the boar could have forced their way onto the motorway and caused a serious collision…. (story)

Western Gazette 31.5.07 USE OF CIRCUS ANIMALS STILL OPEN FOR DEBATE By Elly Edwards & Gail Anderson - THE annual touring circus aims to reintroduce of animals to its show. This year, Paulo's Circus returns to west Dorset… The Western Gazette asked the people of west Dorset their opinion about reintroducing animals to circus shows, and if it would compel them to visit the show, or abandon the idea of a visit…. (story)

Ilford Recorder 31.5.07 'Cruelty' protests as animal circus returns - A CONTROVERSIAL circus which drew protests last year is back in Barkingside. The Great British Circus uses wild animals including lions and camels in its shows… Ayse Singh, 29, took four-year-old daughter Tanisha along to the Forest Road, Barkingside, show and claimed they saw animals being whipped…. (story)
Ilford Recorder 30.5.07 Public know truth about our caring circus - I WRITE in reply to the letter written by Mark Dawes, Waltham Forest Green Party Co-ordinator. The only things disgraceful are his views, not based on scientific evidence but on unsubstantiated, emotive rhetoric as he attempts to put animal welfare at risk and encourage intolerance by asking people to boycott the Great British Circus, a circus that has won the title "Best Circus in Britain with Animals" three times…. MARTIN LACEY, Ringmaster, The Great British Circus, Barkingside (letter)
Ilford Recorder 30.5.07 Crack down on cruelty - I FULLY agree with the comments of Mark Dawes (Recorder, last week). Lions and tigers are wild animals that should not be kept in cramped and cruel conditions and made to perform unnatural acts to entertain us humans…. CLLR ASHLEY KISSIN, Barkingside Ward, Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford (letter)
Ilford Recorder 30.5.07 No love for performing animals - I WAS horrified when a leaflet was put through my door advertising the "Great British Circus - the circus for real animal lovers" as I thought the use of the beautiful wild animals mentioned in circuses had been outlawed…. IRIS ANDERSON, Caterham Avenue, Clayhall (letter)
Ilford Recorder 23.5.07 Boycott disgraceful circus - I AM disappointed the Great British Circus is coming to Fairlop Waters. Unlike the majority of circuses, the Great British Circus still uses wild animals as part of the "entertainment"…. MARK DAWES, Co-ordinator, Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party (letter)

Irish Independent 31.5.07 Cruelty in China's zoos - After watching a documentary on Sky News on May 22 about to China's shocking and disturbing levels of animal cruelty I felt compelled to express my disgust at China's inexcusable ignorance of animal rights… FIACHRA GARVEY, VALLEYMOUNT, CO WICKLOW (story)

North East Evening Gazette 31.5.07 Beat sense into them - ISN’T it about time the vicious thugs who torture and kill defenceless animals are really made to pay the price?... MRS M SPENCELEY, Marton (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 31.5.07 JUNGLE ZOO HITS BACK OVER CARE CRITICISMS - Owners of a zoo which has come under fire from an animal protection group have hit back, claiming it was a cheap publicity stunt. The Jungle Zoo, on Kings Road, Cleethorpes, has been criticised for "poor" standards of care for animals. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) said that elements of the venue - in particular the reptile section and the parrot cages - were too small…. (story)

Chester Standard 31.5.07 Squirrel cull? - HAVE recently heard from a number of sources that Chester City Council has occasional culls on the friendly grey squirrels which inhabit the Grosvenor Park. I am shocked, disgusted an outraged by this… Simon Bacon, Maple Grove, Hoole (letter)

30.5.07

Southern Reporter 30.5.07 A doggone good day for foxhounds supporters - The Duke of Buccleuch's Foxhounds Supporters club held their annual Lurcher and Terrier Show on Sunday, May 27 at Houdshall, Midlem… (story)

ARTIST EATS CORGI
Express 30.5.07 I'M EATING A CORGI TO PROTEST AT THE ROYALS By Richard Palmer, Royal Correspondent - AN artist was embroiled in a row over animal rights last night after vowing to eat a corgi in protest at the Royal Family’s support for blood sports. Mark McGowan, 37, said he chose the Queen’s favourite breed for his stunt on a radio show to demonstrate against the RSPCA’s failure to prosecute Prince Philip.... (story)
Scotsman 30.5.07 Artist eats dog in protest - A PERFORMANCE artist ate what he claimed to be a corgi live on radio last night, in protest against the Royal Family and its alleged treatment of animals. Mark McGowan said the cooked canine - the Queen's favourite dog breed - tasted "really, really disgusting". According to the artist, Yoko Ono - who featured on the same programme - "looked a bit strange" as she also tasted the dog… (story)
Sun 30.5.07 Uurgh! My corgi kebab is ruff - AN animal rights activist ate a CORGI dog in a sick radio show stunt last night. Mark McGowan, 37, snacked on the Queen’s favourite breed after it had been cooked and served with herbs in pitta bread…. (story)
BBC News Online 29.5.07 Performance artist to eat corgi - A performance artist says he will eat a corgi live on a London radio show in protest at a hunt led by Prince Philip. Mark McGowan says the meal is a protest at the alleged mistreatment of a fox which was shot during the hunt on the Queen's Sandringham estate in January…. McGowan, who is a vegetarian, said he wanted his unusual meal to raise awareness about "the RSPCA's inability to prosecute Prince Philip and his friends"… (story)
Scotsman 23.5.07 Artist with taste for publicity to eat corgi in protest over royal hunting - STIAN ALEXANDER AND TIM CORNWELL - AN artist has caused outrage among animal activists by announcing plans to eat a corgi dog on live radio in a protest against the Royal Family. Mark McGowan says he will tuck into the dead animal next week to highlight the death of a fox on a royal shoot. … (story)

Luton News 30.5.07 Greyhounds still dogged by controversy - Racing boycott campaign highlights heartbreaking cruelty - A campaign to urge people to boycott dog racing came to Luton as part of Greyhound Awareness Week. Supporters of Greyhound Action were in the town centre accompanied by rescued greyhounds to highlight the plight of the racing dogs. Co-ordinator Tony Peters said: "Every year about 30,000 greyhounds are bred to supply the demands of the British greyhound racing industry…. (story)

North West Evening Mail 30.5.07 Martlew demands end to seal hunts - By Anika Bourley - PETITIONS with more than 46,000 signatures calling for an end to the UK trade in seal products has been handed to the Commons by Carlisle MP Eric Martlew.... The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) the RSPCA, Respect for Animals and LAWS also attended the round-the-table discussion with the Trade minister, and presented a further petition of 144,343 signatures signed by IFAW supporters calling for a trade ban.... (story)

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ADVOCATES VEGANISM
Western Morning News 30.5.07 VEGANS HIJACK CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE - MATT CHORLEY LONDON EDITOR - Meat eaters could be told to consider turning vegetarian as part of bizarre attempts to tackle climate change. The suggestion last night saw a major Government agency come under fire. A leaked e-mail - seen by the WMN - suggests a wholesale switch to a vegan lifestyle could potentially have "very significant" benefits in the fight against global warming. Officials acknowledge the public backlash likely from any such public information campaign... (story)
Telegraph 30.5.07 Go vegan to help climate, says Government - It would help tackle the problem of climate change if people ate less meat, according to a Government agency. A leaked email to a vegetarian campaign group from an Environment Agency official expresses sympathy with the environmental benefits of a vegan diet, which bans dairy products and fish…. The agency's official was responding to an email from the vegan group Viva, which argues that it is more efficient to use land to grow crops for direct consumption by humans rather than feeding them to dairy cows or livestock raised for meat…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 30.5.07 HORRIFIC FUR TRADE WE CAN ALL HELP TO STAMP OUT - The dog and cat fur trade in China is horrific.In the words of one North Cornwall animal owner who has recently written to the Chinese Ambassador "The use of dog and cat furs for fashion disgusts many people...Anyone, wishing to join the call to halt the dog and cat fur trade, should write to the Chinese Ambassador at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China... (story)

Shropshire Star 30.5.07 Wasps are really harmless - Wasps will often build a nest in a roof, under the floor by entering via an air brick, in a hole in a wall, in a shed or elsewhere, and sometimes this is close to human habitation…. in reality they will seldom do anyone any harm…. So, if you have wasps, just leave them alone. Richard Camp, Wellington (letter)

29.5.07

Mid Devon Gazette 29.5.07 REMEMBER WHAT FISH GO THROUGH… It is easy to forget that anglers catch fish by dragging them out of the water with a hook through their lips. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Irish Independent 29.5.07 A Minister for animals - Having read your piece on the poor unfortunate horse that was so horrifically treated by his trainer, I have to say the election lost importance for me… We need a new minister for the welfare of all animals in this country, not just farm animals. Our laws badly need to be updated and enforced. NOELLE BUCKLEY, SKERRIES, CO DUBLIN
This horrific case highlights the dark side of the horse racing industry. Race horses are treated well when they are winning, and a lucky few are looked after in retirement, but unfortunately, so many end up neglected, or as horse meat…. MRS S EDWARDS, DUBAI, UAE (letters)

Northern Echo 29.5.07 Greyhound racing - I WAS delighted to see protesters at the greyhound stadium in Sunderland (Echo, May 23). It's about time that someone stood up for the thousands of greyhounds who are used, abused and discarded by the greyhound racing industry each year… I Foster, York. (letter)

Western Morning News 29.5.07 WRONG RESEARCH - Thanks to the innovation of a British team, a 3D cell model of human breast cancer has been developed…. It's becoming clearer that animal models in general are not as informative as the revelations of the cell culture, computer-based modelling, technological patient imaging, microdose, protein analysis and other areas…. Chris Clarke, Ivybridge (story)

Southern Daily Echo 29.5.07 Veggie diets give head start for family planning - SO, the UK's Food Standards Agency has recommended mandatory fortification of bread or flour with folic acid in an attempt to reduce birth defects…. this vitamin is found naturally in foods such as mushrooms, yeast extract, green vegetables, nuts and whole grains… This gives babies born to vegetarian mothers - planned or otherwise - a clear head start…. Amanda Woodvine, Senior Health Campaigner, Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation (letter)

Western Daily Press 29.5.07 BADGERS MADE SCAPEGOATS - In response to the letter by Nick Bicknall "Damage caused by many badgers"(Western Daily Press, May 21), badgers became a protected species because of persecution by sick badger-baiters.Does he want to see this sick practice become legal… A Williams Bath (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 29.5.07 ANIMAL ACTIVISTS' FEARS AS HORSE SPECTACULAR RETURNS - A Performing horse show is coming back to Inverness next month despite concerns by animal lovers. The Spirit of the Horse… will give twice-daily shows at a huge tent next to the Inverness Caledonian Thistle football stadium…. John Robbin, campaign consultant for Animal Concern, said: "Like any travelling circus, there are great restrictions by the fact they are a travelling circus. They can only give the animals the basic existence…. (story)

28.5.07

Western Daily Press 28.5.07 HUNTERS MAY BE IN FOR A SHOCK - The many people who have read Tarka the Otter will know how awful otter-hunting was, and be thankful it was banned… I do wonder, if and when there is a change in Government, they will also continue mass building. What price a return to hunting then? Pamela Dean Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)

Independent 28.5.07 Thalidomide shows value of animal tests - I led the journalistic team which exposed the truth about thalidomide. Please allow me to correct Dr Jarrod Bailey's misleading letter of 24 May… At the time the drug was developed, it was usual for drug companies to test what they called the "reproductive effects" of drugs in rats and mice… Distillers, the UK promoters of thalidomide, did not do that… This history is a powerful evidence in favour of animal testing. BRUCE PAGE, SHINGLE STREET, SUFFOLK
Jarrod Bailey argues that the essential advances in the development of the artificial pacemaker occurred in human applications. In doing so he understates the vital contribution made by animal research to overcoming practical difficulties… PAUL BROWNE PhD, CAMBRIDGE (letters)
Independent 24.5.07 Thalidomide and animal testing - Simon Festing may wish to be more cautious in his use of the terms "scientifically illiterate" and "pure hypocrisy" directed toward Julia Stephenson (Letters, 21 May), especially when the language arguably applies to his own use of unsubstantiated generalities in his criticism of her column…. JARROD BAILEY PhD, GREAT WHITTINGTON NORTHUMBERLAND (letter)
Independent 21.5.07 Majority of doctors support animal tests - Why does the scientifically illiterate "Green Goddess" get a platform for animal-rights propaganda? She claims that there is a scientific establishment of doctors and scientists who mistrust animal testing because it is ineffective and puts people in danger. But there is no credible scientific or medical organisation anywhere in the world that would agree with her… DR SIMON FESTING, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RESEARCH DEFENCE SOCIETY, LONDON W1 (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 28.5.07 BEAR'S BURDEN - Kay Byrne looks at the part being played by a Swansea lecturer in a campaign to end the cruelty inflicted on European bears held in captivity - A Swansea man is joining a project in the Carpathian Mountains to help rescue brown bears from a cruel captivity.Mike Cullis, a lecturer at Swansea Institute, is hoping to raise at least £2,000 for the project in Romania… (story)

27.5.07

Scotland on Sunday 27.5.07 MSPs should act to protect seals - IN THE article on wildlife crime ('Beating them at their own game', Spectrum, May 20), Jeremy Watson mentions "illegal seal cullers" operating on the Angus coast…. Our new Scottish Parliament would do much to support the battle against wildlife crime by replacing the Conservation of Seals Act with a Protection of Seals Act which actually protects seals and not those who shoot thousands of them every year in Scotland…. John F Robins, Campaigns Consultant to Animal Concern, Dumbarton (letter)

26.5.07

Western Daily Press 26.5.07 PAIN CAUSED IN NAME OF RELIGION - So, the Rev H W Jones believes fox-hunters will be hanging their heads in shame in 20 years' time, ashamed of their actions (Western Daily Press, May 19).So, will the Church be alongside, hanging its head in shame for all the loss of life, pain and misery throughout history caused by wars all in the name of religion… Rob Tunmore Marlborough Wiltshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 19.5.07 THEY WILL BE ASHAMED OF IT - On a recent West of England news programme, it showed all the rivers of the West Country full of otters.In the 1970s, otters had become endangered due to pollution and hunting… I have not heard one hunter or any of their supporters suggesting we bring hunting back. No doubt most would be too ashamed to admit they used to hunt them. So I believe, 20 or 30 years from now, the same will apply to fox-hunting…. Rev H W Jones Wroughton (story)

Nottingham Evening News 26.5.07 PETITION PLEA ON THE PLIGHT OF GREYHOUNDS - The Rspca is urging dog lovers to lobby the Government to regulate the greyhound-racing industry. A new report has exposed gaps in the dogs' welfare and the organisation wants people to sign a petition… (story)
Cumberland News 25.5.07 Martlew’s greyhound racing concerns - CARLISLE MP Eric Martlew is demanding tighter controls on the greyhound racing industry amid claims that more than 7,000 unwanted dogs are needlessly killed every year. Mr Martlew has spoken out after it was revealed that a chilling 4,700 retired racing greyhounds aged four years and under could be killed annually in England… (story)
Mirror 21.5.07 OLD RACE DOGS 'ARE KILLED OFF' - MORE than 4,700 greyhounds go missing each year when their racing careers end - and most are probably destroyed, a report claims. It should be illegal for anyone but a vet to kill them, says the all-party Group for Animal Welfare, made up of MPs and peers…. (story)
Sunday Times 20.5.07 Secret greyhound cull is 4,700 a year - DANIEL FOGGO - Thousands of greyhounds are being slaughtered every year because they are not fast enough to race, according to a report by MPs and peers…. The report, published this week by the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) a cross-party group of MPs and peers, states that even that figure could be a “significant underestimation” of the number of dogs killed…. (story)

Western Morning News 26.5.07 RACING PIGS HEAD FOR BANQUET TABLE - Animal charities criticised a "family fun" pig-racing event yesterday after it emerged that the animals would be barbecued to celebrate the end of the season…. A spokesman for animal rights charity Animal Aid called the races "exploitative, degrading and inhumane"…. A spokesman for the Captive Animal Protection Society said: "They are basically exploiting these animals for fun. The pigs will get nothing from it and then be eaten for their trouble."… (story)
Daily Mail 25.5.07 Outcry over racing pigs bound for the barbecue - Pigs are to take part in hurdle races for the amusement of summer tourists. Every day for six weeks, the animals will take part in a 40-metre dash "ridden" by rag dolls wearing racing colours while children place fun bets on who will win. And the runners' reward for their exertion? They will be slaughtered and barbecued to provide the main course for an end-of-season banquet at the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre…. A spokesman for the charity Animal Aid said: "Pigs are very sensitive and intelligent creatures - it is appalling that they should be subjected to this level of stress…. (story)

25.5.07

HIGHCLERE CONCERT
Cotswold Journal 25.5.07 Country Channel celebrates birthday By Anita Deshmukh CHIPPING Norton-based Country Channel TV has celebrated its first birthday in true rockin' style - broadcasting its first live concert featuring rock legends Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Stevie Winwood, Kenny Jones, and Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. The three-day Countryside Rocks concert from Highclere Castle in Berkshire, in aid of the Countryside Alliance, was beamed around the world by the web-based channel… (story)
Newbury Weekly News 21.5.07 Superstars come to Highclere By Helen White, Reporter - Countryside Rocks brings together greats such as Bryan Ferry and Eric Clapton - IT’S not often that a rock concert featuring some of the world’s most famous faces has an underlying political thread which stirs up a commotion amidst thousands of people… Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Bryan Ferry were the musical highlights of a controversial show which Countryside Alliance chairwoman Kate Hoey announced would encourage the abolishment of hunting laws brought in under Tony Blair’s Labour government. Mike D’Abo, The Jones Gang, and Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel also performed, ‘ex-gratia’…. (story)
Ents24 30.4.07 Bryan Ferry & Eric Clapton To Rock The Countryside - Rock legends Bryan Ferry and Eric Clapton will be appearing live as part of the Countryside Rocks festival at Highclere Castle this May… The Countryside Rocks festival will be held on the 19th May 2007 at Highclere Castle, Berkshire, in support of the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Independent 24.4.07 Pandora - Now Ferry faces snub over bloodsports row By Henry Deedes - Bryan Ferry found himself cold-shouldered by fans last week after he made some ill-advised comments about Nazi imagery…. Next month, Ferry was due to perform at the Countryside Alliance's glitzy fundraiser, Countryside Rocks, alongside the world famous Swedish composer and pianist Robert Wells…. But that was until news filtered back to Wells, via animal the rights group Animal Aid, that the Alliance was a pro-bloodsports organisation. Wells, unlike Ferry et al, turns out to be a rabid "anti"…. A furious Wells, who insists his decision to withdraw is final, claims he was led to believe the whole evening was about wildlife preservation…. (story)
Independent 4.4.07 PANDORA By Oliver Duff - With the likes of Bryan Ferry and Eric Clapton on its books, the Countryside Alliance is never short of geriatric rockers… Next month, it looks to boost its coffers with a swanky "picnic concert"… at Berkshire's Highclere Castle, featuring Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker… the League Against Cruel Sports, is quick off the mark to brand Brooker a hypocrite. Says a spokesman: "Just a few years ago [1990], he sang a ditty ["Come Turn It All"] to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund…. (story)

Hexham Courant 25.5.07 Post office closures threaten future of village shops - By WILL GREEN - AXING rural post offices could also sound the death knell for village shops, campaigners have warned…. Belsay’s Richard Dodd, regional director of the Countryside Alliance which has campaigned to save local post offices, thinks that the future of small village stores will now also hang in the balance… (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 25.5.07 ALL CREATURES OF EATING HABIT - At last, W. Morris (Telegraph Opinion, May 15) says we may check whether we eat meat or are vegetarian…. Meat-eating causes cancers. The way it is bred today in this country is cause for alarm. Natural herbivorous animals are pumped up with antibiotics to increase weight which increases farmers' profits. D. Pinder, Campion Street, Derby. (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 25.5.07 I’m veggie because animals benefit - I WOULD just like to comment on your Streetwise piece (News & Star, May 22) where you asked people whether they would become vegetarians. I think you couldn’t have asked a more selfish bunch of people…. Well I think the whole point of being a vegetarian is for the benefit of the animals not ourselves… CHRISTINE WALKER, Bridgefoot, Workington (story)

Western Daily Press 25.5.07 SURREAL VIEW ABOUT TB IS STOPPING US ERADICATING IT - Having been on the Government's badger TB panel, and involved some 15 years, I am very saddened at the farcical nature of the current debate, with "facts" bandied about both for and against a mass badger cull which are simply wrong… M Hancox Stroud (letter)

Sutton Coldfield Observer 26.5.07 Thanks to contributors - On behalf of Carla Lane's Animaline Animal Rescue, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our flag day in Sutton Coldfield on April 17…. Julie Plumb, Dudley (story)

24.5.07

Western Gazette 24.5.07 SOUTH WEST 'IS LEFT BATTERED BY PREMIER' - South West MEP Neil Parish has spoken out about the legacy that Tony Blair will leave rural life in the West Country…."Rural areas like the South West have suffered enormously under Blair's stewardship as a result of poor handling of the foot and mouth outbreak, the farcical way Margaret Beckett introduced the single farm payment and the massive cuts the Government tried to make to farmer incomes under voluntary modulations. The only time the Government was committed to rural affairs in the Commons was when it recklessly pushed through a ban on hunting."… (story)

Central Somerset Gazette 24.5.07 'TANTAMOUNT TO HATRED INCITEMENT' - Normally at this point in the proceedings, with the remainder of the page falling away like the sanity of a High Court judge, I'd be reprinting a previous Caption Compo picture and revealing who supplied the best entries…. Fling your minds back three weeks, and you might remember that my Caption Competition featured a photo of a fox hunting chappy in full fox hunting uniform, with his mouth wide open… Rather than natter at any length about the arguments surrounding fox hunting (the subject's been done to death, and it only ever leads to people moaning at you), I decided to natter ever so briefly about risks of dressing like someone who's escaped from Butlins… The impassioned response from several pro-hunting people, who decided that what I'd written was actually a searing indictment of their favourite pastime and a brutally harsh attack on the hunting chap in question, was therefore not anticipated…. (story)

Central Somerset Gazette 24.5.07 TIME TO TALK TO TOWNIES - With reference to the article "Blair's rather woeful legacy" on May 17, by James Stephen, the agriculture correspondent, we are grateful for his acknowledgement that many of the problems faced by agriculture came from the previous Conservative government…. However, our main issue is your correspondent's version of the fox hunting ban. It was not a Labour Party policy. Labour's manifesto was simply to make Parliamentary time available for a member's bill…. Brian Corney, Wells Constituency Labour Party. Beech Road, Shipham (letter)
Central Somerset Gazette 17.5.07 BLAIR'S RATHER WOEFUL LEGACY - With Tony Blair's recent departure announcement it is timely to examine his legacy here in the countryside.The Prime Minister has presided over one of the toughest decades that farming has seen since the 1930s… Then there was the hunting ban which finally came into force in 2005 despite loud, but ignored, protests. Having said that, the continued existence of hunts across Britain just goes to show how ineffective this legislation has been…. (story)

Western Gazette 24.5.07 COUNTRY FAIR AIMS TO ENTERTAIN EVERYBODY - Sherborne is fortunate in having several outstanding attractions by way of buildings, institutions and events… I am referring to Sherborne Castle Country Fair. Once again, it will be a major draw this coming Bank Holiday Monday 28 May from 10am-6pm…. For the second year, The British Association of Shooting and Conservation Team Challenge for Retrievers will take place in the Deer Park 9.30am-1.30pm and from 2.45pm, lakeside, for the finals with, water retrieves, and a parade of the teams. Prize-giving takes place in the main ring at 4.30pm…. (story)
Western Gazette 10.5.07 GUNDOGS TO SHOW OFF THEIR METTLE - Gundog owners from across the South West will be competing in a major event at the Sherborne Castle Country Fair on Monday 28 May.The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is giving the opportunity for teams of four retrievers to compete for the Sherborne Gundog Team Challenge Trophy…. (story)

Tamworth Herald 24.5.07 IN DEFENCE OF ANIMAL CIRCUS - I Write in reply to 'Anger over animal circus'. It is sad there is so much misinformation circulated by animal charities to raise sympathy and consequently money for their potty campaign against classical circus…. Martin W Lacey, Ringmaster, Great British Circus, Marston
WOW! Four letters from readers who know little or nothing about animal circus and probably little or nothing either about animal husbandry, yet they try to appear as if they know more than the circus folk who have spent a lifetime living with and caring for animals 24/7… David Bushell, Honington.(Via email). (letters)
Tamworth Herald 17.5.07 ANGER OVER ANIMAL CIRCUS - In reply to the article 'Controversial Circus is back' on May 10, I too would agree that the days are gone when travelling circuses with animals were all the rage…. S Palin, Tamworth
I AM writing to inform you of my opinion regarding the circus boasting 'the largest collection of wild animals touring Britain'. I personally believe circuses should be banned from keeping wild animals. I think it is barbaric and completely unacceptable in this day and age…. Jessica Lane. (Via email).
I HAVE got to have my say on the subject of circus animals. I used to work at Twycross Zoo, all be it in the office, but I have been involved with the zoo for many years. The animals in the circus are all wild animals and at least at a zoo they are treated wonderfully and they have the one thing that circus animals do not have and that is respect… Amanda Boyt, Ratcliffe Culey, (Via email),
AS an animal lover I am extremely annoyed and upset that this circus is allowed to perform with animals…. Julie Jinks, (Via email). (letters)

Leigh Journal 24.5.07 Circus told lies about animals - There are currently two Circus's in Leigh at present, Circus Mondao at Bickersahw Lane and Circus Royalle at the Greyhound Island. I have always brought my children up to love and respect animals… I enquired about Circus Royalle at numerous shops who were advertising the show, all the shop keepers assured me that the Circus had told them there were no animals… Just to make sure I asked the lady at the office to confirm that no animals were involved her reply was "Oh yes we have horses involved in some of the acts". I immediately terminated the phone call…. Julie Renshaw Warrington Road Leigh (letter)

The Comet 24.5.07 National Vegitarian Week: School leads way - To mark National Vegetarian Week, Comet staff have been looking into the veggie lifestyle. Damion Roberts has been reflecting on life as a veggie second time around and Hannah Gray visited a unique vegetarian school in Letchworth GC. But the biggest challenge of all was handed to Comet editor and confirmed carnivore Darren Isted who agreed to give up meat for a week. Here is how he got on…. a target=main href="http://www.thecomet.net/content/comet/news/story.aspx?brand=CMTOnline&category=News&tBrand=herts24&tCategory=newscomnew&itemid=WEED24%20May%202007%2014%3A58%3A02%3A587">(story)
The Comet 24.5.07 National Vegetarian Week: Plain sailing for the born-again veggie - I am currently on my second stint as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. It sounds a bit like a job but it's much harder than that. Or at least it used to be…. Comet reporter Damion Roberts – “The truth is being a vegetarian these days is far easier for me than when I was a teenager” (story)
The Comet 24.5.07 National Vegetarian Week: Hidden pitfalls revealed - Being a strict vegetarian is not simply as straightforward as avoiding meat and fish. There are many products on the market which would appear to be veggie-friendly but in fact contain animal products of various descriptions…. (story)
The Comet 24.5.07 National Vegetarian Week: Food for thought No problems as Darren gives meat the chop WHEN I was asked to spend a week on a vegetarian diet I didn't think it would prove too tough - writes Darren Isted…. (story)

Shropshire Star 24.5.07 Fish is off menu for us veggies - Why is it that, as a vegetarian, when you call a restaurant to find out what vegetarian dishes they serve, you are asked if you eat fish?... Neil Hiatt, Telford (letter)

23.5.07

Worthing Herald 23.5.07 Don't fear those foxes - FOXES can be a nuisance but they have been here a lot longer than we have so it is up to us not to encourage them by feeding them and not putting the rubbish out days before the dustmen come…. Mrs M Curtis, Heene Road, Worthing (letter)
Worthing Herald 23.5.07 Foxes are not the biggest problem - HAVE had to laugh at the letters from the GBFH (Goring Brigade of Fox Haters) printed in your paper over the past few weeks…. We all know how effective it was to dress up in pink jackets, swig out of a hip flask, shout "tally ho!" and kill one fox from a community of hundreds. … I really do fail to see what the hysteria is all about when the real danger comes from the species that has two legs, not four. Name and address, supplied (letter)
Independent 17.5.07 Janet Street-Porter: Horsemeat is safe, healthy - and tasty - I've long thought that most animal rights protesters are probably less equipped in the intelligence department than the creatures they so vociferously seek to protect, and events of the past few days have certainly proved me correct. A month or so ago, I started researching a story for the latest series of Gordon Ramsay's F Word, on the merits of eating horsemeat…. On the day the film was broadcast, animal rights protesters dumped a ton of horse manure outside Mr Ramsay's restaurant at Claridges in London. They should be far more concerned about the 5,000 or so horses that are exported from the UK to the Continent to be slaughtered for human consumption….(story)

Brighton Argus 23.5.07 Council bill for fly-tipping soars By Andy Dickenson - Fly-tipping in Sussex is rocketing while less than a dozen people a year are being prosecuted… Michelle Nudds, the regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said: "That's a lot of taxpayers' money to be spent clearing up after fly-tippers and we need prosecutions…. (story)

Guardian 23.5.07 Leading questions - Michelle Thew is the new chief executive of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection - Interview by Mark Gould - Animal rights activists can be perceived as thuggish zealots who care more about animals than humans. How can you change that?... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 23.5.07 Put an end to animal cruelty…. Today animal rights campaigners in Hampshire have echoed the call for an end to the grisly practice and are urging more people to join their campaign to end animal cruelty in China. Southampton-based David Neale, the director of Animals Asia Foundation, said: "It is completely abhorrent…. (story)

Wigan Observer 23.5.07 Circus denies cruelty claims - It's not everyday you see a zebra in a Wigan field - this particular animal is part of the touring Circus Mondao which is in town at the moment…. But the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) has urged the public to stay away, citing animal cruelty. Craig Redmond, of CAPS, said…. (story)

Wigan Observer 23.5.07 Boycott cruel animal circus - Regarding the circus at Bickershaw: How can anyone enjoy watching animals being exploited for our entertainment?... Name and address supplied (story)

Carlisle News & Star 23.5.07 Veggies no longer ‘cranks’ - MASTERFOOD’S u-turn is certainly good news for vegetarians… ROY DICKINSON, Holmrook Road, Carlisle (letter)

22.5.07

Western Morning News 22.5.07 REGION IS PAYING FOR BEING RUDE TO BLAIR - Labour MPs probably think the level of prosperity in South West villages is much higher than the really deprived parts of inner cities many represent. Farmers continue to receive substantial EU Common Agriculture Policy subsidies decades after British miners, steelworkers and shipbuilders had their subsidies cut off by Conservative administrations… Do not underrate the impact that the September 15 2004 Parliament Square Hunting Bill riot in Parliament Square had on Labour MPs, with Devon activists in the forefront and the simultaneous invasion of the Commons by Otis Ferry and his little band of Hooray Henries…. Being rude is fun, but you pay a price. Martin Bell, Port Isaac (letter)

Western Morning News 22.5.07 INCOMERS - AND HOW TO CATEGORISE THEM - I have been carrying out some research into the different types of "incomer" to be found in Devon… Pet hates (and, therefore, things that must be changed) are cows (big, noisy, smelly and get in the way), tractors (big, noisy, smelly and get in the way), farmers (big, noisy, smelly and get in the way), church bells (big and noisy), hedges (big, full of "things", and get in the way), lambs (small, noisy, smelly and get in the garden), YFC members after discos (noisy, smelly and get in the garden), and fox hunts (big, noisy, smelly, get in the way and get in the garden)…. Mike John, Winkleigh (letter)

News Shopper 22.5.07 In defence of the hen - In response to C Pope's letter (Hunting Ban Must Be Enforced By Police, News Shopper, May 2), I think it is high time somebody spoke up on behalf of hens…. ALTIE BACON, Bexley (letter)
News Shopper 1.5.07 Hunting ban must be enforced by police - IN RESPONSE to the letter Police Failing To Protect Wildlife (News Shopper, March 14), I support the views expressed by Robert Roach. It is indeed a disgrace the hunting of wild animals with dogs still persists despite the hunting ban introduced some two years ago…. C POPE, Nurstead Road, Erith (letter)

Western Daily Press 22.5.07 VIVA'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT - Fewer animals are being killed for food as more British people become vegetarians, according to an animal charity…. Vegetarian campaign group Viva, based in Wilder Street, in Bristol, said that the figures show that more people are turning to a vegetarian diet (story)

News Shopper 22.5.07 Bird flu escape is sick - I WROTE previously regarding the bird flu epidemic at the Bernard Matthews' factory farm… far from being prosecuted, the company is to receive £600,000 in compensation, presumably for the loss of saleable poultry meat. Where on Earth is the justification for such an appalling decision? CHRIS POPE, Nurstead Road, Erith (story)

MARS BACKS DOWN ON ANIMAL INGREDIENTS
Guardian 22.5.07 Victory is sweet for vegetarians - Leo Benedictus - Mars has added humble pie to its range of snacks. After announcing at the beginning of the month that it would start putting animal rennet into its chocolate, the company received a small mountain of "feedback" from more than 6,000 angry vegetarians, and so yesterday it announced that it would be taking the rennet out again…(story)
Western Mail 21.5.07 There’s no life in Mars – again by Sally Williams, Western Mail MARS yesterday abandoned its plan to use animal products in chocolate, apologising to vegetarians who organised a campaign against the change…. (story)
Daily Mail 21.5.07 Mars forced into U-turn over non-veggie chocolate bars By PETER STEBBINGS - Mars has been forced into a climbdown over its decision to introduce an animal product into Britain's most popular chocolate bar…. (story)
Sun 21.5.07 Veggies choc up Mars win - SWEET giant Mars has abandoned plans to use animal products in chocolate after a furious protest by vegetarians… (story)
Scotsman 21.5.07 Sweet taste of victory for vegetarians as Mars vows recipe U-turn - LYNDSAY MOSS HEALTH CORRESPONDENT - CHOCOLATE maker Mars yesterday bowed to increasing pressure from vegetarians by abandoning plans to use animal products in its chocolates… (story)
Independent 21.5.07 Mars bars safe for vegetarians again By Kim Sengupta - The company that makes Mars bars has announced that it has jettisoned plans to use animal products in chocolate and apologised to vegetarians who mounted a vociferous campaign against the change… (story)
Guardian 21.5.07 Mars backs down but vegetarians left baffled - Paul Lewis - The company behind some of Britain's top-selling chocolate bars has admitted many of its well known brands will remain unsuitable for vegetarians, despite reversing a decision to use animal extracts in its products. While Mars UK has backflipped over the use of animal extracts in some of its chocolate confectionery - including Mars and Snickers bars - ingredients used in its other products, such as Twix, Bounty, Celebrations, Topic and Milky Way, will not be changed, meaning they will continue to be unsuitable for vegetarians…. (story)
Independent on Sunday 20.5.07 Mars: We were wrong to use animal products - Mars has abandoned its plan to use animal products in chocolate, apologising to vegetarians who organised a campaign against the change…(story)
Sunday Telegraph 20.5.07 Mars blunders on chocolate recipes By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph - The food company that makes Mars Bars has been forced to change its chocolate recipes and ditch the use of animal products after a backlash from vegetarians….(story)
BBC News Online 20.5.07 Mars bars get veggie status back - Mars has abandoned plans to use animal products in its chocolate, and has apologised to "upset" vegetarians… (story)
Telegraph 15.5.07 Vegetarians angered as more foodstuffs prove to contain animal ingredients By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - The food industry has been criticised after it emerged that some of the best known soft drinks, confectionery and dairy products contain animal products. Fanta Orange, Lilt, St Ivel Advance milk, Walkers cheddar cheese crisps, Kellogs Frosted Wheats breakfast cereals, Müller light yoghurts, Smarties, Fox's party ring biscuits and Guinness are all on a list, compiled by the Vegetarian Society…. (story)
BBC News Online 14.5.07 Mars starts using animal products - Some of the UK's best-selling chocolate bars, such as Mars and Twix, will no longer be suitable for vegetarians. Also affecting brands such as Snickers and Maltesers, owner Masterfoods said it had started to use animal product rennet to make its chocolate products…. (story)
Telegraph 14.5.07 Vegetarians face an ethical dilemma after makers add animal derivatives to chocolate By Amy Iggulden - Vegetarians who have learned to live without roast beef dinners and bacon sandwiches were yesterday forced to make another major sacrifice: chocolate. It came after the makers of Britain's most popular chocolate bars, including Mars, Snickers, Maltesers and Milky Ways, admitted that they now contain an ingredient derived from a cow's stomach… Liz O'Neill, a spokesman for The Vegetarian Society, said it was disappointed at Masterfoods' "backward step"…. (story)
Times 14.5.07 Mars a day not OK for veggies - CRAWLEY A chocolate manufacturer has denied vegetarians Mars Bars, Bounty, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, Maltesers and Minstrels by including animal products in its recipes. Masterfoods now uses whey, which includes rennet, obtained from animals’ stomachs… (story)
Guardian 14.5.07 A Mars Bar a day? No longer an option if you are vegetarian - Hugh Muir - Perhaps there was a sense that the major battles facing Britain's vegetarians had been won… On May 1, Masterfoods began using animal products in famous chocolate bars such as the Mars Bar, Bounty, Snickers, Twix and Milky Way. The taint also affects Maltesers and Minstrels, which have traces of whey - a product of cheesemaking which itself involves the use of rennet, a chemical from calves' stomachs…. (story)

21.5.07

Oxford Mail 21.5.07 Stain on society So Ralph Leavis objects to the space given to opponents of foxhunting (Oxford Mail, May 15). May I remind him that, before the ban, pro-hunters enjoyed considerable coverage in the press? Quite a bit of blustering defiance, such as that permitted to David Cameron (Oxford Mail, May 3), has since been indulged in by those who dare to presume that an overwhelmingly popular law may be openly flouted by hunting addicts, and this has also quite rightly received press coverage…. Bea Bradley, Cuxham Road, Watlington (letter)
Oxford Mail 18.5.07 Lay off them - Ralph Leavis is surely being cynical in his opinions of our beloved anti-hunt brigade (Oxford Mail, May 15). These bold guardians of our wildlife do a sterling job. Unelected, unasked-for perhaps, but sterling nevertheless…. They speak for a majority, it seems. The fact that this same majority consumes fast food by the Mcbucketload is of little consequence. They really care about animals, especially if served with a plate of french fries. So lay off the anti-hunt brigade, a finer, better informed, intelligent, perceptive and all round nicer bunch of people one could not wish to meet (or meat). ALAN PAGE, Iffley Road, Oxford (letter)

York Press 21.5.07 A world of pain - I HAVE read the letters about whether animals feel pain as we do with increasing incredulity… It is unthinkable, surely, for most people to deliberately hurt other creatures. Those who get pleasure from hurting others are mentally or emotionally ill…. I have not got a vested interest in anything except the desire to live in a decent, humane world. Frankie James, Burley Street, Ringwood, Hampshire (letter)
York Press 15.5.07 View from the fox - IF foxes could talk, I'm sure they wouldn't thank Tony Blair and the likes of Heather Causnett for all their furry friends and relatives that are now being part-shot, trapped, gassed and poisoned, many dying horrible, gangrenous deaths… Ken Holmes, Cliffe Common, Selby.
IN a recent letter (Instinct to kill, May 10) I stated that animals do not feel pain as humans do… In my life I have seen many animals killed and injured. I have spoken to slaughtermen and people who are employed to kill surplus animals. In no case has anyone given credence to the idea that animals feel pain as humans do… Jeremy D Fox, Malton Avenue, York. (letters)
York Press 12.5.07 Painful answers - MR Fox misses several points in his reply to Mrs Causnett's question on hunts blocking bolt holes… At a conference held in August 1991 in Bangor, North Wales, researchers presented papers demonstrating that mammals feel and appreciate pain in exactly the same manner that we humans do… JB Campbell, Port Road, Wenvoe, Cardiff
I HAVE to be grateful to the readers who supplied me with answers to my question whether escape routes to the hunted fox are blocked up, even though I feel sick and sad at the confirmation of my fears… Heather Causnett, Escrick Park, Escrick, York
I AM sorry to write again so quickly, but the nonsense from Mr J D Fox must be addressed. His allegation that foxes do not feel pain because "their nervous system could not support it" is drivel… Penny Little, Protect Our Wild Animals, Great Haseley, Oxon.
I WAS amazed at the letter from Mr J Fox (The Press, May 10). How can he possibly suggest that foxes do not feel pain as "we humans do"? Such a belief may have had credibility in the 16th century, but no longer holds water… Louise Clark, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London. (letters)
York Press 10.5.07 Instinct to kill - I SEE Mrs Causnett is concerned about the supposed cruelties of fox hunting… I can assure Mrs Causnett that foxes do not feel pain as we humans do, their nervous system could not support it…. Having seen what foxes do, I am always bemused by the outrage that their killing causes. Even the most rabid animal societies admit that they must be controlled. I suppose the reason is that they look so nice on Christmas cards. Jeremy D Fox, Malton Avenue, York (letter)
York Press 10.5.07 Tory priority - IT IS true that foxhunts block up all holes in which a fox may seek refuge… it is important that people remember, when considering how to vote, that the Tories will legalise hunting. Penny Little, Protect Our Wild Animals, Cobb Hall Cottage, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire. (letter)
York Press 10.5.07 Epic chases - IN her letter, Heather Causnett asks "Does the hunt block bolt-holes for foxes?" and I think she is hoping the answer is no, but I'm afraid it is true… Mrs G E Purser, Clapton-on-the-Hill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (letter)
York Press 8.5.07 Does the hunt block bolt-holes for foxes? I WONDER if anyone can put my mind at rest over something I was told and find it almost impossible to believe. We were having dinner with friends and got onto the subject of fox hunting… One of the men then remarked that before a hunt was due to start, some people actually went over the route of the hunt, blocking up all fox holes along the way, thus ensuring that these unfortunate animals had nowhere to hide in their rush for survival. He also implied that although supposedly there is a ban in force, this is not strictly adhered to and this last horrific practice is still going on…. Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 21.5.07 Cruel and bloody sport is far from charity - REGARDING your article (SA, May 7), rather than joining in the cruelty, fundraising filmmaker Graeme Willetts could make a greater impact by documenting the bloody deaths of the bulls at the end of the festivities…. W Wright. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Europe Ltd (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 10.5.07 Bravery is bull... REGARDING Graeme Willett's plan to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief (SA, May 8). Bullfighting is a very cruel sport and not one Macmillan, which I support, should be involved with…. S GILES. Toothill, Swindon (letter)

Somerset County Gazette 21.5.07 Renewed fight for Moon bears kicks off By Chris Alder - A TABLE top sale is to kick off a 12-month fund raising campaign by Holford-based Moon Bear Rescue…. (story)

Glasgow Herald 21.5.07 Vegetarians should not be condemned - Dr Andrew Kelly (May 18) correctly states humans "are no better or worse than other species, just different". This is the principle upon which vegetarianism is based and as such his accusation addressed to Dr David Walker (May 16) as holding the view that "humans are at the top of some sort of evolutionary chain" is flawed… Cameron Walker, 26 West Bay Road, Millport.
Organic farming is not synonamous with animal welfare as some of your correspondents seem to think…. As for the environmental benefits of vegetarianism, large areas of Britain are difficult to farm any other way than under grass, owing to the nature of the terrain and climate… Sandy Henderson, Faulds Farm, Braco, Dunblane.
I remember reading some years ago about research which suggested that plants "screamed" when cut. It came back to me reading Ross Minett's letter regarding the ultimate aim of Advocates for Animals: "No animals bred or farmed to eat"… Douglas McNicol, 78 Hazelwood Road, Bridge of Weir. (letters)
Glasgow Herald 19.5.07 No genetic disposition to be a vegetarian - Dr David Walker will confuse people by stating "vegetarianism is a step in man's evolution" (Letters, May 17). Yet he confuses social change with evolutionary change…. humans will continue to want to eat meat until the stars go out (unless Dr Walker knows something I don't). John Mulraney, 111 Watson Street, Motherwell.
It was disappointing to see Dr Andrew Kelly missing a key issue regarding the evolution of human beings and vegetarianism (Letters, May 18). This is that we have the luxury to choose whether or not we wish to kill other animals in order to consume their flesh… choosing to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet removes the need for any animals to be bred, farmed and slaughtered in the first place…. Ross Minett, Director, Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh
I have just read the letter from Dr David Walker. Prior to reading it I had not realised I was cerebrally challenged and completely thoughtless. It had not occurred to me that wanting to have fish with my chips or mince with my carrots and tatties meant I was intellectually inferior to those who have vegetarian views…. P Houston, 1Westfield Drive , Kilmacolm. (letters)
Glasgow Herald 18.5.07 Respect for animals - Dr David Walker (May 16) is wrong to see vegetarianism as a step in man's evolution…. It is not necessary to be a vegetarian to respect other animals and care for their welfare. Animal welfare would be better served, not by us all becoming vegetarians (a personal choice), but by pressing governments to improve the welfare of farmed animals…. Dr Andrew Kelly, RSPCA Stapeley Grange, London Road, Nantwich, Cheshire. (letter)
Glasgow Herald 17.5.07 When vegetarians will outnumber omnivores - It is disappointing to read Mars chocolate products might no longer be suitable for vegetarians owing to the possible inclusion of calf's rennet (The Herald, May 15). Nevertheless, it is only a small increment in the wrong direction and, hopefully, Masterfoods will redress this own-goal. The increasing number of vegetarians in recent years can be seen as a marker towards a more sophisticated and civilised society… In the future, when vegetarians will inevitably outnumber meat-eaters, we will perhaps reflect on a once-barbaric society… So as our society continues to evolve and number of vegetarians continues to increase, companies such as Masterfoods will realise that profits are falling and they, too, will have to evolve to survive. Dr David Walker, 91 Adele Street, Motherwell (letter)

Leicester Mercury 21.5.07 MERCURY MAILBOX: TIGERS AT RISK IN AND OUT OF WILD - The claims by the Great British Circus on behalf of its tigers were surely astonishing. How far away from a natural life do these tigers live, when caged, transported and let out briefly to show the tricks trained into them? The same goes for any circus and zoo animals, which would otherwise run thousands of miles in their lives…. C Seal, Leicester. (letter)

Argus 21.5.07 Spare a thought for the struggles of local wildlife - The letter from B Payn asking motorists to drive carefully in order to protect wildlife (Letters, May 10) is an issue Inner City Wildlife Concern feels strongly about. Can we extend the plea from country roads to include our city roads as the verges of these roads provide a great source of food for mammals and birds to take back to their young…. Gloria Wheatcroft, co-ordinator, Inner City Wildlife Concern, Brighton and Hove (letter)

19.5.07

Horse & Hound 19.5.07 Hunts question police priorities - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The hunting community has hit out at police for not taking complaints of harassment from hunt saboteurs more seriously… The Crawley and Horsham hunt in West Sussex receives a lot of unwanted attention from hunt saboteurs. Senior master Anthony Sandeman told H&H: "Various so-called 'wildlife groups' have been sending what I consider threatening and harassing letters to landowners and farmers alleging that illegal hunting has taken place on their land.Some landowners have received up to six letters from these people…. Council of Hunting Associations (CHA) chairman Stephen Lambert urged hunts to continue discussions with police and said the CHA, CA and Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) were also communicating with police "centrally". (story)

Scotsman 19.5.07 Growing deer numbers - GW Morrison's letter (12 May), in which he regards my view with amusement that "the stalking industry is responsible for the artificially high deer numbers", takes no account of the needs of the stalking industry…. ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)
Scotsman 12.5.07 Stalking and culling - I read with a great deal of amusement Angus MacMillan's letter regarding the conflict between ramblers and stalkers (7 May), in which he states, "the stalking industry is responsible for the artificially high deer numbers". Deer breed naturally, they are not bred artificially for stalking. If they were not culled, there would be even larger numbers competing for the available food… G W MORRISON, Springside, Irvine, Ayrshire (letter)

Western Mail 19.5.07 Welsh anglers turn vigilante to fight ‘mob rule’ by Sally Williams, Western Mail - ANGLERS are being forced to “go vigilante” on Welsh rivers due to a lack of protection for the fish stocks. Gangs of poachers are starting to “mob rule Welsh rivers” and are increasingly clashing with legitimate fishermen who say there are not enough river bailiffs…. (story)

Northern Echo 19.5.07 Library to go vegetarian - VEGETARIAN Week is being marked next week at the Clayport Library, in Durham City, with information displays, talks, food events and themed stories and crafts…. (story)

18.5.07

Western Morning News 18.5.07 HOW FOXHUNTING BECAME A POLITICAL SACRIFICE - For many rural dwellers Tony Blair's most despised political act had nothing to do with Iraq or pilfering pension funds. For huntsmen and women across the Westcountry the Prime Minister will be forever stained as the man who banned their sport. Philip Bowern examines the background to the 2004 Hunting Act and Mr Blair?s part in it… (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 18.5.07 FURY AT PO CLOSURES AS 'E-MAIL AGE' TAKES TOLL - The death knell has been sounded for 2,500 rural Post Offices, to the fury of postmasters…. David Ward, who runs East Barkwith Post Office in the village near Wragby, said: "The Government seems to have it in for rural post offices and I think they are making a big mistake…. This Government has been a disaster for rural England. They have banned fox hunting and closed post offices. Next it will be fishing and then you won't be allowed to build houses in the countryside and it will be turned into a theme park…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 18.5.07 SNARING MUST BE MADE ILLEGAL NOW - It beggars belief that in the 21st century we still condone the practice of leaving thin wire nooses, set in such a way that unsuspecting animals who fall foul of them are left with such horrific injuries that their lives are often cut short in a slow and savage way… Kathy Moyle, East Budleigh (letter)

Worcester News 18.5.07 Using animals in research is wrong - June 10 sees the Worcester Race For Life. I wonder how many entrants and supporters of this event are aware of how their donations are actually spent? Organisers Cancer Research UK fund animal research… P Crouch, Worcester (letter)

Northern Echo 18.5.07 Animal research - I RESENT our taxes being used to fund useless animal studies. UK universities have now spent £10m to research the harmful effects of ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines… Aled Jones, Bridlington, East Yorkshire (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 18.5.07 Animals at the circus are all well cared for - Last Wednesday I attended the opening performance of the Bobby Robert's super circus at Fleetwood. About 20 persons were at the entrance gate protesting about the use of animals in circus. At that performance there was a capacity audience with a fair number of people being turned away… A number of the protesters were wearing leather shoes…. Animal cruelty is abhorrent but circus animals are well cared for. Name and address supplied (letter)

Plymouth Herald 18.5.07 ZOO LICENCE OPPOSED - The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) has called for Dartmoor Wildlife Park's zoo licence application to be rejected… (story)

17.5.07

North Devon Journal 17.5.07 LEAGUE CLAIMS MOOR DEER NUMBERS RISING - Deer numbers are rising on Exmoor, according to the League Against Cruel Sports.The League claims that the figures contradict the pro-hunt lobby's claim of 'No hunt - No Deer.'… (story)

Western Daily Press 17.5.07 QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ASKED HERE - If Douglas Batchelor's comments quoted in your article "Exmoor deer row deepens" (Western Daily Press, May 4) are to believed, then they raise extremely serious questions about the RSPCA. The remit of the RSPCA is to investigate animal cruelty, not to engage in politics…. I also wonder in what other cases, where allegations are made of animal cruelty, the RSPCA chooses to work with the party against whom the complaint is made to investigate "dirty tricks campaigns"… Giles Bradshaw, Devon (letter)

Worthing Herald 17.5.07 That's why I prefer animals - I AM saddened and appalled that certain people are against animals in this town… Foxes are lovely creatures. They are alive, so have a right to be here…. Audrey Walker, Manor Road, Worthing (letter)

LittlehamptonGazette 17.5.07 Respect is needed - I REFER to the front page article (Gazette, May 3), highlighting the activities of animal rights activists in this area. I cannot condone criminal activity in any sphere of life, but it must be accepted that animals do have rights, and these rights should be respected…. G. A. Harris, Armada Way, Beaumont Park, Littlehampton (letter)

LittlehamptonGazette 17.5.07 Call for Littlehampton's vegetarian friendly restaurants - NATIONAL Vegetarian Week 2007 is from May 21-27. This year's campaign is very topical – "Why it is green to be veggie"… For further information about all aspects of vegetarianism, visit the National Vegetarian Society's website… Jacqueline van de Poll, Acre Close, Rustington (letter)

Watford Observer 17.5.07 Is foie gras torture in a tin? Animal rights campaigners have attacked two local award winning restaurants for using foie gras on their menu. Animal welfare group Viva! is promoting a boycott of The Grove hotel, in Watford, and the Bricklayer's Arms in Flaunden while they continue to serve "torture in a tin"…. "Foie-gras is torture in a tin", says Viva! Campaigns Manager Justin Kerswell…. (story)

Western Daily Press 17.5.07 WE SHOULD LEAD THE WAY IN BANNING THIS CRUEL PRACTICE - Viva! applauds local MP Kerry McCarthy taking steps to ban one of factory farming's worst hidden horrors - the farrowing crate…. Of course, all animals raised for food will suffer to some degree. The best way to end this suffering is to go vegetarian. Justin Kerswell, Viva! Bristol (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 17.5.07 Animal protesters should be stopped! They know nothing about circus animal welfare…. Lisa Degg, Blackpool
Leave the circus alone, the animals all look well cared for, not like the abuse me and my five-year-old were treated to by these demonstrators. Bill, Cleveleys (letters)

Western Gazette 17.5.07 Plea for better animal welfare - THE RSPCA, Compassion in World Farming, Animal Aid and most of our animal welfare organisations are totally opposed to the export of farm animals… Mr B Bean, Connaught Crescent, Poole. (letter)

Wilts & Glos Standard 17.5.07 Animal rescue charity was 'illegal' By Andy Woolfoot - A WILDLIFE rescue charity has had to change its name after a licensing technicality meant it had been rescuing animals illegally. The Cotswold Swan and Wild Bird Rescue, based in Cirencester, has changed its name to the Cotswold Animal and Bird Rescue so it can aid animals which are not birds. Manager Paul Richardson said: "We just discovered that as a charity we are not, according to the letter of the law, technically supposed to rescue animals such as deer, badgers and foxes, only swans and other wild birds… (story)

Tamworth Herald 17.5.07 BOYCOTT CIRCUS PLEA PROTESTERS - Controversy is mounting over an animal circus which is in the area this week, with one protest group calling on people to boycott it. National group, the Captive Animals' Protection Society, claims a travelling circus such as the Great British Circus, which is currently in Marston, Kingsbury, is unable to meet the needs of animals…. (story)

Argus 17.5.07 They’re putting animal juices in our sweets - I recently learned with amazement that Masterfoods (maker of Mars bars, Twix, Snickers, Maltesers and others) has started adding rennet from the stomachs of young calves to its products, clearly making them unsuitable for vegetarians. I would urge all those concerned for animal welfare - either for spiritual or religious reasons - to spread the word and to contact Mars customer services… Simon Kettering, Lewes Road, Brighton (letter)

16.5.07

Western Daily Press 16.5.07 CAMERON WILL BRING BACK BAD OLD DAYS - Is it not just typical of the pro-hunt lobby to use the departure of Tony Blair to have a swipe at the Labour Government by the mention of the need to get a repeal of the hunting ban?... How do middle England Conservatives feel about their party being hijacked by the blood-sports lobby? Graham ForsythChardSomerset (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 16.5.07 TONY BLAIR'S 'LEGACY' IS NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF - With mounting disbelief did I read the words of those Labour MPs praising to the hilt our soon to be departing prime minister, Tony Blair… He conned countless people into voting for him 10 years ago on the strength of the glossy "New Labour, new life for animals" brochure, and yet spectacularly failed to live up to any of the promises, other than a belated and ill thought out hunting ban that has done little to stop the practice…. Chris Pedler, Kingswood, Bristol. (letter)

Irish Examiner 16.5.07 WHILE I might agree with the idea stated in a number of articles in the Irish Examiner that the recent ‘D’ case was primarily about the right to travel, the purpose of the journey in question was bound to raise issues of serious moral concern. A somewhat similar situation arose a few years ago when it was suggested that British bloodsport activists might travel to Ireland in pursuit of their chosen pastime. Animal rights groups saw this as more than a simple right to travel given the potential danger such journeys would pose to defenceless creatures…. Rory O’Donovan, 111 Sundays Well Road (letter)

Fakenham & Wells Times 16.5.07 Warning after dog is caught in snare - A dog owner is warning others to take extra care when walking their pets after her son's dog was caught in an animal snare. And she is urging people to get involved in the League Against Cruel Sport's campaign for the total ban on the manufacture, sale and use of all snares. Linda Goreham was walking along a woodland footpath in Humbletoft, Dereham, with her son Owen's dog Tich and her own border terrier Oz, when the tragedy happened - leaving Tich crying for help as he lay trapped by a metal snare for about half an hour…. (story)

Guardian 16.5.07 Racing industry rejects accusations of 'horrific' experiments on horses - Andrew Culf, sports correspondent - The horse racing industry has been criticised for funding allegedly "painful and often lethal" laboratory experiments on horses in a report from Animal Aid, an anti-cruelty campaigning group… The report, A Dead Cert, details a series of experiments in which it claims horses have been infected with viruses, pregnant animals have undergone abdominal surgery before aborting their young, and newborn foals have been subjected to stress experiments. Andrew Tyler, Animal Aid's director, said: "The horrific experiments...are claimed to be for the greater good… (story)

OPERATION ACHILLES ANIMAL RIGHTS RAIDS (May 2007)
Western Morning News 16.5.07 SEVEN ACCUSED IN BLACKMAIL PLOT - Seven people, including a man from Cornwall, have appeared in court accused of conspiracy to blackmail after a massive series of police raids targeting an alleged network of animal rights extremists…. Among those in court were Daniel Wadham, 20, of Harbour Road, Par, Cornwall, Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, of Church Crookham, Hampshire, and Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, of Wokingham, Berkshire. (story)
Craven Herald 15.5.07 Trial fixed for woman accused of animal rights blackmail - A SKIPTON woman arrested during a series of police raids which targeted animal extremism appeared before a judge today to be told that she will stand trial in August. Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Upper Sackville Street, faces a charge of blackmail following the nationwide police operation which involved more than 700 officers and support staff…. (story)
BBC News online 15.5.07 Seven in court over animal rights - Seven people have appeared in court over blackmail charges following police raids on an alleged network of animal rights extremists… They were given conditional bail to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on 21 May for a preliminary hearing….(story)
ITV 15.5.07 Animal rights raids: seven in court - Seven people have appeared in court to face blackmail charges following a series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists…. The seven suspects all appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court, charged with conspiracy to blackmail. They were given conditional bail to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on May 21 for a preliminary hearing. They are Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire, and Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, of Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire. Also facing the charge is Stephen Barclay, 50, of caravan park, Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Selwood Road, Croydon, Surrey, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Harbour Road, Par, Cornwall, formerly of Brynmair, Aberdare, South Wales…. (story)
Western Mail 15.5.07 Seven in court after animal rights raids - Seven people will appear in court today to face blackmail charges following a massive series of police raids targeting an alleged network of animal rights extremists…. They are Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire, and Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, of Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire. Also facing the charge is Stephen Barclay, 50, of caravan park, Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Selwood Road, Croydon, Surrey, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Brynmair, Aberdare, South Wales…. (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 15.5.07 Woman faces blackmail charge By Michael Black A Skipton woman arrested during a series of police raids which targeted animal activists has been told that she will stand trial in August. Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Upper Sackville Street, faces a charge of blackmail… Jaggers appeared before Judge Roger Scott at Bradford Crown Court today and was told that a provisional trial date had been set for August 19…. (story)
Craven Herald 10.5.07 Judge frees Skipton woman accused in animal rights case - A Skipton woman who was arrested and charged with blackmail following a nationwide police operation has been granted bail by a judge at Bradford Crown Court. Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Upper Sackville Street, had been remanded in custody after she was arrested as part of a coordinated series of police raids targetting criminal activity associated with animal rights extremism… Judge Scott Wolstenholme today heard a bail application on behalf of Jaggers and he decided to grant her bail with a series of conditions…. Her solicitor has said Jaggers has never been a member of the Animal Liberation Front and publicy renounced any connnection with SHAC. (story)
Surrey/Hants Star 19.7.07 Blackmail charges - A WOMAN from Yateley and two men from Church Crookham have been charged with blackmail offences after a police operation to round up animal rights activists. Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, were arrested at an address in Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, on Tuesday morning last week.... Heather Nicholson, 40, of Pond Croft, Yateley, has also been charged with conspiracy to blackmail... (story)
Daily Mail 10.5.07 £140 call girl held in animal rights swoop - A middle-aged call girl operating from a £500,000 house in Surrey has been arrested by police in the biggest ever crackdown on animal rights extremists. Janet Lawrence, 52, was detained in a dawn raid at her home under suspicion of orchestrating a campaign of terror against research laboratories that use animals in experiments… (story)
Crosby Herald 10.5.07 No arrests following raid on animal rescue centre by Lyndsay Kohberg, Crosby Herald - TWELVE people have been charged as part of a European crackdown on alleged animal rights extremism… Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, in Ince Blundell, became one of the premises caught up in police searches. However, no arrests were made at the East Lane site in relation to the operation…. (story)
Financial Times 9.5.07 FBI closely involved in UK animal rights arrests By Clive Cookson in Boston - Intensive collaboration be-tween law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic led to last week's large-scale police action against alleged animal rights extremists in the UK. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation was closely in-volved, as well as European police forces. Phil Celestini, FBI supervisory special agent, told the Bio conference in Boston that increasingly close transatlantic co-ordination "re-sulted in the arrests we saw last week. And you can bank on there being more [arrests] to come"…. (story)
Liverpool Echo 9.5.07 I realised that the best way to change the world was by building things – not destroying them by Jade Wright, Liverpool Echo - As controversy over a police raid at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre continues Jade Wright asks why it was a target - DAVE Callender sits in the cattery tending to the kittens, while a steady stream of volunteers and well-wishers brings in computer equipment and offers of help…. Much of the speculation around the raids has focused on Dave, and the four-year jail term he served in the 1990s for plotting to firebomb animal rights targets…. (story)
Guardian 7.5.07 Twelfth person charged after raids on activists - A twelfth person was charged yesterday after a series of raids targeting animal rights activists. Heather Nicholson was charged with conspiracy to blackmail after 30 raids across the UK and Europe last week… (story)
Independent 7.5.07 Twelfth person charged in animal rights extremism inquiry By Tom Palmer, PA - A twelfth person was charged yesterday after a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists. Heather Nicholson was charged with conspiracy to blackmail after the 30 raids which took place last week across the UK and Europe as part of Operation Achilles. The 40-year-old, from Pond Croft, Yateley, will appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court tomorrow…. (story)
BBC News Online 6.5.07 12th charge in animal rights case - A 12th person has been charged as part of a major police inquiry in the UK and across Europe over alleged animal rights extremism. Heather Nicholson, 40, of Pond Croft, Yateley, Hampshire, has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 6.5.07 Police charge 12th person after animal rights raids - A twelfth person was today charged after a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the country, including Hampshire..Heather Nicholson was charged with conspiracy to blackmail after the 30 raids which took place last week across the UK and Europe as part of Operation Achilles…. (story)
Wales on Sunday 6.5.07 New charge in animal rights case - alleged animal rights extremists. Heather Nicholson was charged with conspiracy to blackmail after the 30 raids which took place last week across the UK and Europe as part of Operation Achilles… (story)
BBC News Online 5.5.07 Couple accused of blackmail plot - A husband and wife arrested as part of a police inquiry into alleged animal rights extremism have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to blackmail. Gregory Avery, 39, and Natasha Avery, 38, were held at their home in Eversley, Hampshire, after a series of raids across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 5.5.07 TWO REMANDED ON BLACKMAIL CHARGES - The founders of an anti-animal cruelty campaign group were remanded in custody yesterday after appearing in court to face conspiracy to blackmail charges. Gregory Avery, 39, and Natasha Avery, 38, of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, were arrested at their home in Eversley, Hampshire… (story)
Cambridge Evening News 5.5.07 Alleged animal rights extremists in court - THE founders of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign group were remanded in custody yesterday after appearing in court to face conspiracy to blackmail charges. Gregory Avery, 39, and Natasha Avery, 38, were arrested at their home in Lower Common, Eversley, Hants, on Tuesday, during raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists…. (story)
Portsmouth News 4.5.07 Animal activist: 'I was terrified as police broke in' - An animal rights protester today told of the terrifying moment police smashed down her front door and arrested her. Nicci Tapping was asleep in bed with her two dogs when police officers in riot gear stormed her house…. The 25-year-old, of Alver Road, Gosport, was arrested on suspicion of blackmail on Tuesday in the largest ever swoop on suspected animal rights extremists… (story)
Scotsman 4.5.07 Couple appear in court over animal rights blackmail case - A COUPLE were due to appear in court in Portsmouth today charged with conspiracy to blackmail, following a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe. Gregory Avery, 39, and wife Natasha, 38, of Lower Common, Eversley, Hants, were charged last night with the conspiracy offence. A 40-year-old woman is also being questioned today following her arrest after she attended Guildford police station yesterday… (story)
Western Mail 4.5.07 Couple charged with blackmail after raids - A COUPLE were last night charged with conspiracy to blackmail following a series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe. Gregory Avery, 39, and Natasha Avery, 38, of Eversley, Hampshire, are due to appear before Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court this afternoon. A 40-year-old woman was also arrested after attending Guildford police station and is being questioned by detectives…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.5.07 Charges after animal rights raids - A husband and wife have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail after a series of raids in the UK and Europe over alleged animal rights extremism. Gregory Avery, 39, and Natasha Avery, 38, of Lower Common, Eversley, Hants, will appear before Portsmouth magistrates on Friday afternoon…. A 40-year-old woman is also being questioned by detectives after she was arrested at Guildford police station on Thursday. (story)
Oxford Times 4.5.07 Animal rights arrest man bailed - A SECOND man arrested in Oxfordshire following animal rights raids has been released on police bail. The 50-year-old man was arrested in South Lane, Clanfield, on Tuesday, following a series of police raids across the UK, Belgium and Holland…. On Wednesday, Stephen Barclay, 50, who was arrested at a campsite at Redbridge Hollow, in Oxford, was charged with conspiracy to blackmail. Barclay, of Holystone Crescent in Newcastle, was bailed to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court on May 15. (story)
Kent/Sussex Courier 4.5.07 POLICE IN DAWN RAID ON ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE - An East Peckham animal rescue centre has been raided by police as part of a major operation to combat animal rights extremism. Three van-loads of officers swooped on the Friend animal sanctuary in Bush Road shortly after 5am on Tuesday. Sanctuary owner Marion Eaton, 49, said she and her husband Mark were "terrified" when police burst in and woke them up…. Police said an unnamed 21-year-old man was arrested and later released on police bail. Friend is a farmed animal rescue centre founded by Mrs Eaton in 1994. The centre's website has links to a number of animal rights groups and a hunt saboteur organisation.… In a statement to the Kent and Sussex Courier, Mrs Eaton hit out over the raid…. (story)
Times 4.5.07 Nine charged over animal rights - Nine people have been charged with blackmail offences linked to animal rights extremism after a nationwide investigation, police said yesterday… Merseyside Police rejected claims yesterday that a raid on the Fresh Fields animal sanctuary in Formby had been “heavy-handed”…. (story)
Surrey Hants Star 3.5.07 Two arrested in extremism raid - TWO Church Crookham individuals were among the 30 people arrested in an international operation to crack down on animal rights extremism. They were at an address in Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, on Tuesday morning when police raided. A 20-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were arrested. The pair were still in police custody when the Star went to press… (story)
Littlehampton Gazette 3.5.07 Three held in animal rights swoop - THREE people were arrested in a dawn raid on a house at Littlehampton, as part of an international swoop on suspected animal rights activists…. (story)
Worthing Herald 3.5.07 Three held in animal rights swoop - THREE people were arrested in a dawn raid on a house at Littlehampton, as part of an international swoop on suspected animal rights activists. Neighbours heard shouts of "Police!" at around 5am on Tuesday, as the door was forced and around 15 officers in riot gear surrounded the semi-detached house in Thorncroft Road, near Littlehampton Community School…. The two women arrested at Thorncroft Road are believed to be Sarah Whitehead, 50, a nurse, and Helen Luff, 39, a former traffic warden. Both appeared before Chichester Crown Court last August, when they were found guilty with two others of burglary at an animal breeding establishment at Tangmere… One neighbour told the Gazette that the two women, who had lived at the house for about four years, made no secret of their animal rights campaigning. "They are so blatant. Every weekend, they put banners and loud hailers in their cars to go on some sort of demonstration…. The neighbour said there were many visitors to the house, especially at weekends. "Some are hippy types, some are posh ones in big cars."… (story)
Financial Times 3.5.07 Nine animal rights activists charged By Andrew Jack in London - Police on Wednesday night charged nine people with criminal offences, including blackmail, following a series of raids as part of a two-year investigation into animal rights extremism…. (story)
Woking News & Mail 3.5.07 Animal rights activist arrested - POLICE raided a house in St John’s during early morning investigations on Tuesday concerning alleged animal rights extremism. A man, aged 34, from Barrack Path, was arrested during the raids, which were part of a massive investigation across the UK and Europe…. Some residents living in Barrack Path were disturbed by the activity on Tuesday… “The police were outside the house but I did not know what they were doing. I didn’t know he had been arrested. His wife was beside herself.”… (story)
Oxford Mail 3.5.07 Man bailed after animal rights raids - An Oxford man arrested during a series of raids targeting animal rights extremists has been released on police bail…. (story)
Evesham Journal 3.5.07 House raided in animal rights extremism probe - TEN police officers carried out a dawn raid on a house in Evesham on Tuesday as part of an international investigation into animal rights extremism. Lynn Sawyer and Mike Haines were in the house in Boat Lane at the time when officers climbed through an open window at about 5.20am. Mr Haines said: "I am just a lodger here but I was searched. They made a thorough search of the whole house and took pictures…. (story)
Kent Messenger 3.5.07 9 charged after animal extremism swoops - POLICE say nine people arrested after an investigation into animal rights extremism have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail or blackmail. Officers swooped on at least one address in Kent during a special early morning operation on Tuesday. About 700 police officers and support staff raided addresses in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands leading to 32 arrests…. (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 3.5.07 Woman charged with blackmail - By Michael Black - A Skipton woman has been charged following a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe. Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Upper Sackville Street, is facing a charge of blackmail… (story)
Western Mail 3.5.07 Nine face charges of blackmail - DANIEL WADHAM, 20, of Brynmair, Aberdare, is one of seven people who were charged last night with conspiracy to blackmail following a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Western Mail 3.5.07 Two quizzed after animals rights probe raids - Police are questioning two people today following a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe. Last night seven people were charged with conspiracy to blackmail and a further two were charged with blackmail as part of Operation Achilles, the largest police operation of its kind…. (story)
Crosby Herald 3.5.07 Shock as police raid Freshfields - by Lyndsay Kohberg, Crosby Herald - AN Ince Blundell animal shelter became the target of a dawn raid in a Europe-wide police crackdown on animal rights extremism… Freshfields trustee, Marge Albert, said the raid was a “total shock” and that the centre has “nothing to hide”…. Freshfields manager Dave Callender was jailed for eight years in 1994 for conspiracy to commit arson on animal rights “targets”…. (story)
Formby Times 3.5.07 ‘Nothing to hide’ by Lyndsay Kohberg, Formby Times - AN INCE Blundell animal shelter became a target of a dawn raid in a Europe-wide police crackdown on animal rights extremism…. (story)
Brighton Argus 3.5.07 Nine charged in Animal Rights probe By Rachel Fitch - Nine people have been charged with blackmail offences following a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 3.5.07 POLICE RAID PROPERTY IN HATE PROBE - An Evesham property was among those raided as part of an international investigation into animal rights extremism.On Tuesday 32 properties were raided by 700 police officers in a campaign stretching from the UK to the Netherlands and 30 people were arrested…. (story)
Oxford Times 3.5.07 Update: Animal rights charge By Matt Wilkinson - AN Oxford man has been charged by police following a series of animal rights raids. Stephen Barclay, 50, of Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, was last night charged with conspiracy to blackmail… (story)
Mirror 3.5.07 ANIMAL LIB: 9 CHARGED - NINE people were last night charged with blackmail offences after raids on alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 3.5.07 Nine charged in animal rights investigation By Jenny Makin - NINE people have been charged following raids carried out at homes across the country concerning suspected animal rights extremism. A further 20 people - including a 25-year-old woman from Gosport - have now been released on police bail and one other released without charge… They are Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire, and Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, of Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire. Also facing the charge is Stephen Barclay, 50, of caravan park, Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Selwood Road, Croydon, Surrey, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Brynmair, Aberdare, South Wales. The two facing a charge of blackmail are Dianne Jamieson, 59, of Lytham Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire, and Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Upper Sackville St, Skipton, North Yorkshire…. (story)
Scotsman 3.5.07 Nine charged after raids - NINE people were charged last night with blackmail offences after a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Portsmouth News 3.5.07 SEVEN people are to appear before Portsmouth magistrates on charges of blackmail offences following Europe-wide raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists… They are Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire, and Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, of Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire. Also facing the charge are Stephen Barclay, 50, of Caravan Park, Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Selwood Road, Croydon, Surrey, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Brynmair, Aberdare, south Wales. The two facing a charge of blackmail are Dianne Jamieson, 59, of Lytham Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire, and Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Upper Sackville St, Skipton, North Yorkshire… Three residents arrested in the raids in The News area have been released on bail. They are a 50-year-old man from South Lane, Clanfield, a 25-year-old woman from Alver Road, Gosport, and a 43-year-old woman from Frogmore Lane, Waterlooville. (story)
Croydon Guardian 2.5.07 Three arrested in animal extremist raids By Daniel Knowles - Three people have been arrested by police in southwest London as part of raids on animal extremists across England and Europe. A 44-year-old man from Selwood Road, Croydon remains in custody after the raids yesterday. A 50-year-old woman from Bishop Fox Road, West Moseley and a 52-year-old from Bowater Gardens, Sunbury, have both been released on police bail…. (story)
Croydon Advertiser 2.5.07 Man charged after animal rights raids By Ross Lidbetter - A CROYDON man arrested after an inquiry into animal rights extremism has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail…. Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Selwood Road, has been released on conditional bail. He is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on May 15 (story)
BBC News Online 2.5.07 Charges in animal extremism probe - Nine people arrested after an inquiry into animal rights extremism have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail or blackmail, police have said…. The seven people charged with conspiracy to blackmail have been named as: Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, both of Church Crookham, Hants; Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, both of Wokingham, Berks; Stephen Barclay, 50, of Redbridge Hollow, Oxford; Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Croydon, London, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Brynmair, Aberdare…. The two charged with blackmail are: Dianne Jamieson, 59, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire - on conditional bail to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court on a date to be confirmed - and Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Skipton, North Yorkshire…. (story)
BBC News Online 2.5.07 Charges in animal extremism probe - Nine people arrested after an inquiry into animal rights extremism have been charged with conspiracy to blackmail or blackmail, police have said…. The seven people charged with conspiracy to blackmail have been named as: Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, both of Church Crookham, Hants; Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, both of Wokingham, Berks; Stephen Barclay, 50, of Redbridge Hollow, Oxford; Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Croydon, London, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Brynmair, Aberdare. They have all been released on conditional bail ahead of an appearance at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court on 15 May. The two charged with blackmail are: Dianne Jamieson, 59, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire - on conditional bail to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court on a date to be confirmed - and Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Skipton, North Yorkshire… (story)
Ananova 2.5.07 Charges after animal rights raids - Nine people have been charged with blackmail offences following a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe. A further 20 people have been released on police bail, one person has been released without charge and two others remain in custody. agistrates granted an extension to police questioning the remaining two for a further 36 hours…. The seven people charged with conspiracy to blackmail were all bailed to appear before Portsmouth Magistrates' Court on May 15. They are Daniel Amos, 20, and Gerrah Selby, 19, of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire, and Linus Harrison, 21, and Grace Quantock, 19, of Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire. Also facing the charge is Stephen Barclay, 50, of caravan park, Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, Gavin Medd-Hall, 44, of Selwood Road, Croydon, Surrey, and Daniel Wadham, 20, of Brynmair, Aberdare, South Wales. The two facing a charge of blackmail are Dianne Jamieson, 59, of Lytham Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire, and Suzanne Jaggers, 35, of Upper Sackville St, Skipton, North Yorkshire. Jamieson is due to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court and Jaggers at Skipton Magistrates' Court, both at dates to be set. (story)
Metro 2.5.07 Nine charged with animal extreme blackmail - Nine people have been charged with blackmail offences following a massive series of raids targeting alleged animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe. A further 20 people have been released on police bail, one person has been released without charge and two others remain in custody. Magistrates granted an extension to police questioning the remaining two for a further 36 hours…. (story)
Wokingham Times 2.5.07 BREAKING NEWS: Animal rights raids in town - A man and a woman from Wokingham have been arrested in raids targeting animal rights extremeists across Europe… (story)
Portsmouth News 2.5.07 Arrests in swoop on pro-animal extremists - Several properties in the local area have been raided as part of a Europe-wide police swoop against suspected animal rights extremists. Up to 20 officers descended on addresses in Gosport, Lovedean and Clanfield at 5.30am yesterday as part of a string of raids across the UK and Europe… A 25-year-old woman was arrested at a house in Alver Road, Gosport. A male neighbour witnessed police taking away the woman. He told The News: 'I just saw her being chucked in the back of the police van. They had sniffer dogs and were going through wheelie bins and everything… The other local house targeted by detectives was a detached farmhouse in South Lane, Clanfield – home to six small beauty businesses…. (story)
Portsmouth News 2.5.07 I was treated like a terror suspect says protest gran - A pensioner says her car was searched using powers normally reserved for terror suspects. Helen Nelson, dubbed 'the granarchist' for her long-running campaign against animal testing at Wickham Laboratories in Wickham, told The News her car was searched under section 44 of the Terrorist Act 2000 while she was walking her dogs at Fort Gilkicker in Gosport…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 2.5.07 Raids target animal rights extremists By Chris Semple - HAMPSHIRE police raided six homes across the county yesterday as part of the UK's largest ever clampdown on animal rights activists… Helen Nelson, 80, from Gosport, said: "No one I know of who is involved in animal rights protests would ever hurt anyone - it's simply not what we are about." (story)
Yorkshire Post 2.5.07 Animal rights activists held after dawn raids By Rob Waugh - TWO people from Yorkshire have been arrested following a huge police operation targeting animal rights extremists…. A 35-year-old woman from Upper Sackville Street, Skipton, and a 33-year-old man from Smalewell Road, Pudsey, Leeds, were among the 15 men and 17 women – aged between 19 and 68 – who were arrested…. (story)
Western Mail 2.5.07 17 quizzed in animal rights probe - Seventeen people are today still being questioned by police after being arrested in a massive series of raids targeting animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Preston Citizen 2.5.07 Man and woman arrested after raid By Andrew Greaves - Officers raided a house in Lytham Road, Ashton-on-Ribble yesterday and arrested a man, 51, and a 59-year-old woman as part of a European-wide animal rights extremism raids… (story)
Kent/Sussex Courier 2.5.07 MAN ARRESTED BY POLICE IN ANIMAL RIGHTS SWOOP - Police swooped on an East Peckham address as part of an operation to combat animal rights extremists. Officers carried out a search of the property in Bush Road on Tuesday morning and arrested a 21-year-old man…. (story)
Birmingham Mail 2.5.07 Police quiz animal activists after raids - A TOTAL of 32 people are being questioned by detectives after raids targeting animal rights extremists including one in Worcestershire…. An arrest warrant was carried out in Boat Lane, Evesham, but no-one was detained…. (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 2.5.07 Animal rights arrests - A total of 32 people are being questioned by detectives following a series of raids over animal rights extremists who targeted Huntingdon Life Sciences….(story)
Oxford Mail 2.5.07 Man bailed after animal rights raids - An Oxford man arrested during a series of raids targeting animal rights extremists has been released on police bail. The 50-year-old man, from a caravan site at Redbridge Hollow in Oxford, was arrested yesterday… (story)
Witney Gazette 2.5.07 Animal rights arrest man released By Matt Wilkinson - AN Oxford man arrested during a series of raids targeting animal rights extremists has been released without charge…. (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 2.5.07 Two arrested in animal rights swoop By Henry Widdas - Two people have been arrested in Preston in connection with a series of international raids targeting animal rights activists. A 51-year-old man and a woman, aged 59, were arrested yesterday (Tuesday) at Lytham Road, Ashton…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 2.5.07 DETECTIVES IN CROSS-BORDER CRACKDOWN ON ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISM - A Total of 32 people were last night being questioned by detectives following a massive series of raids targeting animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Western Mail 2.5.07 Police hold animal rights suspects after raids - Thirty-two people arrested in raids targeting animal rights extremists will face questioning from police today…. In Hampshire, two men aged 23 and 39 and a 38-year-old woman were arrested in Lower Common, Eversley. A man aged 20 and a 19-year-old woman were arrested in Aldershot Road, Church Crookham; and in Coopers Lane, Bramley, a 52-year-old woman was arrested. In Frogmore Lane, Waterlooville, a 43-year-old woman was arrested and a 52-year-old woman was arrested in Fairthorn Rise, Old Basing, Basingstoke. A 25-year-old woman was arrested in Alver Road, Gosport. In Sussex, a 43-year-old man and two women aged 39 and 50 were arrested. In Surrey, a 34-year-old man was arrested in Barrack Pass, Woking and in Bishops Fox Way, West Moleseley, a 50-year-old woman was arrested. In Shere, Guildford, a 59-year-old woman was arrested while a 67-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were arrested in Forest Road, East Horsley. In Kent, a 21-year-old man was arrested in Bush Road, East Peckham and in the Thames Valley police area, a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested in Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham. In Oxford, a 50-year-old man was arrested at a caravan park in Redbridge Hollow. In the Metropolitan police area, a 52-year-old woman was arrested in Bowater Gardens, Sunbury, Middlesex; a 44-year-old man in Selwood Road, Croydon and a 29-year-old man in Upper Tollington Park, Holloway. In Lancashire, a 51-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman were arrested in Lytham Road, Ashton-on-Ribble and in Merseyside, a woman was arrested at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, East Lane, Ince, Blundell, Liverpool. In North Yorkshire, a 35-year-old woman was arrested in Upper Sackville Street, Skipton and a 33-year-old man was arrested in Smalewell Road, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire. In Brynmair, Aberdare, south Wales, a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested; while a 35-year-old man was arrested in Raplock Avenue, Scotstoun, Glasgow, Strathclyde. Further arrest warrants were carried out in Gilbourne Road, Plumstead; and Bedfont Road, Stanwell, Middlesex; Boat Lane, Evesham; and Hollystone Crescent, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumbria, but without arrests…. (story)
Telegraph 2.5.07 Animal extremists arrested in police raids By John Steele, Crime Correspondent and Bruno Waterfield in Brussels - Police arrested 30 suspected animal rights extremists yesterday in an international operation aimed at fanatics who have created a "climate of fear" in the animal experimentation industry…. (story)
Times 2.5.07 32 held in operation aimed at animal rights extremists - STEWART TENDLER, CRIME CORRESPONDENT - Seven hundred police and support staff launched Britain’s biggest operation against animal rights extremists yesterday and made 32 arrests in dawn raids… (story)
Sun 2.5.07 Animal 'terrorists' held by police - MORE than 700 cops yesterday took part in the biggest ever police operation targeting animal rights extremists…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 2.5.07 32 animal activists arrested - Police arrested 32 people yesterday in a series of dawn raids aimed at animal rights extremists in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands… Those arrested - 15 men and 17 women - included a 35-year-old man who was arrested in Raplock Avenue in the Scotstoun area of Glasgow… (story)
Scotsman 2.5.07 32 held as police target animal extremists - BEN MITCHELL - A TOTAL of 32 people were last night being questioned by detectives following a massive series of raids targeting animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe….(story)
Guardian 2.5.07 Animal rights activists involved in bid to shut lab among 30 arrested in raids - Sandra Laville, crime correspondent - Leading animal rights activists involved in a bitter campaign to close down a scientific research laboratory were arrested yesterday after a two-year intelligence-led operation involving police forces in the UK and Europe. Greg Avery, who runs Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac), was among 30 alleged extremists seized from their homes at dawn in a police operation that was overseen by the National Extremist Crime Unit, according to police sources… One of the addresses raided was the Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre on Merseyside. Dave Callender, who runs the centre, has convictions for firebombing and formerly chaired the Animal Liberation Front (Alf) on Merseyside…. (story)
Aberdeen Evening Express 2.5.07 POLICE RAID 'EXTREMIST' PROPERTIES - Police have raided 30 addresses linked to animal rights extremism across Britain and Europe, police said today… (story)
Independent 1.5.07 30 held in animal rights raids By Ben Mitchell, PA - Thirty people were arrested on suspicion of animal rights extremism today following a series of early morning raids across the UK and Europe… (story)
Evening Standard 1.5.07 32 HELD IN ANIMAL RIGHTS SWOOP - More than 30 people were arrested yesterday in an unprecedented crackdown on suspected animal rights extremists… Two of those arrested were named as exnurse Sarah Whitehead, 50, and Helen Luff, 39, a former traffic warden, from Littlehampton, Sussex…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 1.5.07 Yorkshire arrests in animal rights probe - TWO people from Yorkshire have been arrested in a huge police operation targeting animal rights extremists…. Hampshire Police, who led the operation, said a 35-year-old woman from Upper Sackville Street, Skipton, and a 33-year-old man from Smalewell Road, Pudsey, Leeds, were among those detained…. (story)
Financial Times 1.5.07 Police arrest 32 animal rights activists By Andrew Jack and Jimmy Burns in London - Thirty-two people were arrested and held for questioning at police stations across Britain on Tuesday in one of the biggest operations mounted against animal rights activists considers extremists… (story)
BBC News Online 1.5.07 Arrests in animal extremism raids - Thirty-two people have been arrested for alleged animal rights extremism after raids across the UK and Europe… Eight people were arrested in raids at seven addresses in Hampshire. There were 21 other addresses raided in Berkshire, Kent, Lancashire, London, Merseyside, Northumbria, Oxford, Surrey, Sussex, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Glasgow and Aberdare, south Wales from 0530 BST… (story)
Ananova 1.5.07 Police quiz animal activists - A total of 32 people are being questioned by detectives following a massive series of raids targeting animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe. Police have also seized £100,000 in cash, mobile telephones, computer equipment and documents during the operation which involved 700 officers and has been described as the largest of its kind…. (story)
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 1.5.07 Police operation hits Tyneside - An international swoop on suspected animal rights extremists today switched to Tyneside. Northumbria Police were among 300 officers taking part in a string of raids co-ordinated by the Hampshire Constabulary. A home in Holystone Crescent, Heaton, Newcastle, was targeted by search teams in one dawn raid…. However, the suspect – named locally as Stephen Barclay and in his 40s – has been arrested in the Oxfordshire area…. One neighbour said Mr Barclay lived in the house with his uncle and aunt, Dorothy and John, who are in their 60s…. (story)
Kent/Sussex Courier 1.5.07 HOUSE TARGETED BY POLICE IN ANIMAL RIGHTS SWOOP - Police swooped on an East Peckham address as part of an operation to combat animal rights extremists. Officers carried out a search of the property in Bush Road this morning but made no arrests…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 1.5.07 Animal rights groups raided - POLICE have raided 30 addresses linked to animal rights extremism across the UK and Europe, Hampshire Police said today…. (story)
Argus 1.5.07 Animal rights extremists targeted in raids - Police have raided 30 addresses linked to animal rights extremism across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Times 1.5.07 Police swoop on animal rights extremists in raids - DAVID BYERS AND AGENCIES - Police arrested 30 suspected animal rights extremists this morning after dawn raids across Britain and Europe… (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 1.5.07 Home raided in animal-rights probe By Michael Black - A home in Middletown, Skipton, was raided early today as part of an international animal rights extremism operation. The crackdown is being led by Hampshire police and so far 30 people have been arrested…. (story)
Kent Messenger 1.5.07 30 arrested over animal extremism - POLICE swooped on a Kent village early today in what is believed to be part of a major operation to tackle animal rights extremism. The activity in East Peckham, near Maidstone, at about 7am is thought to be part of an initiative in which a total 30 people have been arrested…(story)
Birmingham Evening Mail 1.5.07 Police in 'biggest ever' animal rights raids - POLICE in Worcestershire have taken part in a string of raids targeting animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe, in the largest operation of its kind. More than 700 officers targeted 32 properties across the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, arresting 15 men and 15 women… (story)
BBC News Online 1.5.07 Rescue centre raid 'heavy handed' - The manager of a Merseyside animal welfare centre raided by police looking for animal rights activists has condemned the action as "heavy handed". Dave Calendar, of Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre in Ince Blundell, Merseyside, said some of his staff were injured by police during the raid…. (story)
Telegraph 1.5.07 Police swoop on animal rights activists - A series of police raids targeting animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe have been carried out in the largest operation of its kind…. Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Leppard, of Kent Police, said: "It is a very large operation, one of the largest, if not the largest, police operation that has targeted animal extremism in the UK."… (story)
Metro 1.5.07 30 arrested in animal extremism raids - Police have arrested 30 people for alleged animal rights extremism in a series of raids across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Mirror 1.5.07 POLICE LEAD EUROPE-WIDE ANIMAL RIGHTS RAIDS - LONDON (Reuters) - Police raided 30 locations across Britain and the rest of Europe on Tuesday as part of investigations into animal rights extremism…. (story)
Liverpool Daily Post 1.5.07 Mersey pet shelter raided in international police swoop by Luke Traynor - A MERSEYSIDE animal rescue home was today at the centre of an international police probe into animal rights extremism. Teams of officers swooped on Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre on East Lane, Ince Blundell, at dawn as part of a operation spanning Britain and Europe…. (story)
Liverpool Echo 1.5.07 Police swoop on pet rescue home by Luke Traynor, Liverpool Echo - A MERSEYSIDE animal rescue home was today at the centre of a huge international police probe into animal rights extremism. Teams of officers from Special Branch and the Merseyside force swooped at dawn on Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre in Ince Blundell near Crosby as part of a major ongoing operation… There were unconfirmed reports six staff had been held and computers and files seized…. Freshfields trustee Margaret Albert, who was not allowed into the centre, told the ECHO she was stunned by the raid… “When we did have extremists working as volunteers more than a decade ago, they were on site for a while, but soon moved on… (story)
Basingstoke Gazette 1.5.07 Thirty arrested over animal extremism By Vicky O'Hare - THIRTY people have been arrested in connection with animal rights extremism after police officers carried out dawn raids across the south of England and Europe…. (story)
Guardian 1.5.07 30 arrested as raids target animal rights extremists - Thirty people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in animal rights extremism today in a series of raids targeting around 30 addresses across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 1.5.07 City raids linked to animal rights extremists - Police have raided a house in Preston in operation which has seen 30 properties across Europe targeted. About 300 officers were involved in the "substantial'' operation, which was part of an investigation into criminal activity linked to animal rights extremism, a police spokeswoman said…. (story)
Western Mail 1.5.07 Police condemned for 'heavy-handed' raid - The manager of one of the properties raided today by police seeking animal rights extremists said they had nothing to hide…. Dave Calendar, who runs the Freshfields animal welfare centre in Ince Blundell, Merseyside, claimed some of his staff were injured by police as they tried to protect the animals… Lesley Tarleton founded the charity and now runs its second centre, which cares for ponies and horses, in Caernarfon, north Wales. She said: “I am absolutely positive that nothing will come of this raid…. (story)
Blackpool Citizen 1.5.07 Animal rights raids in county By David Watkinson PROPERTIES in Lancashire have been raided as part of a international operation linked to animal rights extremism… (story)
Daily Mail 1.5.07 Thirty dawn raids on animal rights militants - Police today launched the biggest ever crackdown on animal rights extremists, raiding 30 homes across Britain and Europe…. (story)
24Dash.com 1.5.07 Thirty people arrested in animal rights raids Publisher: Ian Morgan - Thirty people were arrested on suspicion of animal rights extremism today following a series of early morning raids across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Sun 1.5.07 Cops raid animal extremists By VINCE SOODIN - COPS raided 30 addresses linked to animal rights extremism across the UK and Europe, Hampshire Police said today… (story)
Oxford Times 1.5.07 30 held in animal rights raids - POLICE investigating animal rights extremism made dozens of arrests after raiding homes across Britain today… (story)
BBC News Online 1.5.07 Animal rights suspects targeted - Suspected animal rights extremists are being targeted in a series of early morning raids across the UK and Europe. About 300 police officers are executing warrants to enter and search premises at 30 addresses. The operation is being led by Hampshire Constabulary, supported by forces across the UK and Europe…. (story)
Burnley Express 1.5.07 30 raids in animal extremism probe - Police have raided 30 addresses linked to animal rights extremism across the UK and Europe, Hampshire Police confirmed. About 300 officers were involved in the "substantial" operation, which was part of an investigation into criminal activity linked to animal rights extremism, a police spokeswoman said…. (story)
Reuters 1.5.07 Police lead Europe-wide animal rights raids - LONDON (Reuters) - Police raided 30 locations across Britain and the rest of Europe on Tuesday as part of investigations into animal rights extremism…. (story)
Sky News 1.5.07 Police Execute Animal Rights Raids - Police across the UK and Europe have carried out a series of raids in connection with animal rights extremism. Officials say 300 police officers and support staff took part in the operation, which targeted 30 addresses… (story)
Southern Daily Echo 1.5.07 Dawn raids on animal rights extremists By Matt Smith - HAMPSHIRE police have helped launch raids on 30 addresses linked to animal rights extremism across the UK and Europe… (story)
Portsmouth News 1.5.07 Police target animal rights extremists - HAMPSHIRE police today led a huge operation in which 30 addresses linked to animal rights extremism were raided across the UK and Europe…. Other UK police forces involved in the raids included Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Thames Valley (story)
Worcester News 1.5.07 30 held in animal extremism probe - Police in Worcestershire have taken part in a string of raids targeting animal rights extremists across the UK and Europe, in the largest operation of its kind… (story)

York Press 16.5.07 Fight to stop animal tests By Gavin Aitchison - ACTIVISTS gathered in York to launch an international campaign against animal testing. Lobby group Uncaged converged in Parliament Street, to unveil posters calling for a boycott of pharmaceutical giant Procter & Gamble, while campaigners in giant rabbit costumes called on shoppers and tourists to boycott the firm's products…. Dr Dan Lyons, campaign director for Uncaged, said: "The vast majority of people are opposed to Procter & Gamble's animal tests, so our campaign is pushing at an open door…. Protesting "rabbits" Max Newton, Amanda Carrick and Sarah Ford at the launch of the campaign against animal testing in York (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal/Evening Express 16.5.07 TV CHEF LANDS IN HEAP OF TROUBLE - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was the target of a pungent protest against eating horse meat yesterday. Demonstrators dressed as horses from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) Europe dumped a tonne of horse manure on the pavement outside Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's restaurant in London…. (story)

Warrington Guardian 16.5.07 Circus denies animal cruelty claims By Rebecca Kelly - CIRCUS bosses have denied allegations their animals are treated cruelly. Animal rights protesters claim Circus Mondao, currently performing in Rixton, have been exploiting their animals. But that is far from the truth, say organisers…. Craig Redmond, campaigns manager for CAPS, said: "CAPS is not opposed to circuses, only to the use of animals, and we would encourage people to avoid those circuses that still use animals and instead visit one of the many excellent circuses that rely only on human skills…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 16.5.07 WELL DONE, KERRY, FOR YOUR STERLING EFFORTS - I Commend Kerry McCarthy and her fellow MPs for supporting her Early Day Motion to ban farrowing crates… Gil Osman, Shirehampton, Bristol. (letter)

Western Daily Press 16.5.07 FARMERS IN FEAR OF EXTREMISTS IF BADGER CULL GETS GO-AHEAD BY JANET HUGHES - Farmers fear a backlash from animal rights extremists if the Government gives the go-ahead with selected badger culls across the West as predicted…. Dr Richard Yarnell, of the Badger Trust, said: "If I was a farmer I would be far more concerned about the disease status of my cattle. If I had badgers on my land I would want them left in peace because the scientific research shows there is less risk from stable populations…. (story)

Western Morning News 16.5.07 BADGERS' ALIBI IS THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE - IN October 2006, Beaworthy farmer Bryan Hill claimed in the Western Morning News that by killing "sick" badgers, he and others had ensured that their farms were now "99 per cent" TB free. He was wrong. The Badger Trust, using data obtained from Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary Service) can reveal that 24 per cent of the farms in Beaworthy and its surrounding parishes were under TB restriction in 2006… Our latest report, produced with the help of Badgerwatch Ireland, reveals that every night in the Republic of Ireland, the government sets up to 6,000 badger snares… And despite this relentless slaughter, the percentage of bovine TB in the Irish national herd is twice that in Great Britain…. (story)

15.5.07

Western Morning News 15.5.07 SMEAR PLOT WON'T WASH - Does the Countryside Alliance, in its innocence, really believe that any reader who is able to can count to ten will actually believe in its simplistic plot to smear the League Against Cruel Sports?... John Miller Porlock (letter)

Bath Chronicle 15.5.07 WHO CAN TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY? - I See that Mr Davis (Chronicle May 10) now has the dubious honour of both front page AND page 3 in your paper. Surely the heights that a self publicist such as he can attain.As I have mentioned before, Mr Davis has a considerable spread of interests including Stop the War Coalition, Make Poverty History, Bath Heritage Watchdog, CND, No2ID, EU, anti hunting activist, DNA database, green issues…. Might I humbly suggest that it is now time for Mr Davis to perhaps concentrate on ONE aspect of his life, namely law abidance, rather than so vocally and, often without foundation, meddling in others!... TRUDY HEALEY, Widcombe, Bath (letter)

Independent 15.5.07 Terence Blacker says few people appear to listen to the views of farmers. I have lived in the countryside for almost 30 years and most I have encountered, far from being guardians of the land, are despoilers of it… Many shoot, hunt and ride without any consideration or respect for their neighbours. Long may they remain unheard in influential circles. ROGER HEWELL, BATH (letter)

Times 15.5.07 Unions ready to meet over 6% claim for 400,000 UK farm workers - SARAH BUTLER - Unions will call for a 6 per cent pay increase and the establishment of a pension scheme for Britain’s 400,000 agricultural workers in talks with farming representatives that are due to start today… A spokeswoman for the Countryside Alliance said: “It is essential for agricultural workers to be properly recognised. As a marginal industry, it is crucial that agricultural workers are operating on a level playing field with other key workers and any pay increase will help to ensure that Britain’s agricultural industry can flourish.”… (story)

Times 15.5.07 It takes a preacher’s son to be that priggish - MICK HUME: THUNDERER - Beware the pious sons of preachermen! Such as Gordon Brown, who boasts that his father was a Presbyterian minister… To take an extreme example – Jon Ablewhite, the vile animal rights activist jailed for robbing the grave of a woman connected to a guinea-pig farm, was born in Africa where his clergyman father was a missionary. In between attacks Ablewhite did some missionary work of his own, as a schoolteacher who boasted of lecturing children about animal rights and veganism. His mother says he was “driven by the desire to right a wrong”… (story)

York Press 15.5.07 Home to roost - I UNDERSTAND Coun Paul Blanchard's concerns about foie gras (Bid to ban foie gras continues, The Press, May 9), but the problems about that are as nothing compared with the way chickens are raised in this country. Coun Blanchard seems to have shown no concern for them…. Rosemary Johnston, Lastingham Terrace, York (letter)

Western Mail 15.5.07 New EU hen welfare rules ‘do not do enough’ by Steve Dube, Western Mail - NEW rules that aim to improve the welfare of chickens across Europe have been welcomed by UK Minister for Animal Welfare Ben Bradshaw but condemned by a major animal welfare group… But the charity Compassion in World Farming condemned the new rules as “unacceptable” and said they would do “almost nothing” to improve the welfare of the five billion chickens reared for meat annually in the EU – 800 million of them in the UK…. (story)

Western Mail 15.5.07 'Badgers not to blame for bTB' by Steve Dube, Western Mail - Badger charities claimed yesterday that a new report from the Republic of Ireland shows that badgers are not to blame for tuberculosis among cattle. The joint report by Badgerwatch Ireland and the UK’s Badger Trust claims that levels of bovine TB are twice as high in Ireland where badgers are not being culled…. (story)

South Wales Echo 15.5.07 Animal cruelty on the menu - READING a review of a restaurant in Saturday’s Echo I was sorry to see that one of Cardiff’s leading hotels, Mercure Holland House, sees fit to include foie gras on their menu. I was even more dismayed to find that reviewer, Lydia Whitfield, actually ordered this disgusting abomination as a starter…. Brian PearceAmethyst Road, Fairwater, Cardiff (letter)

Leicester Mercury 15.5.07 MERCURY MAILBOX: WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO MISTREAT ANIMALS LIKE THIS - I am horrified by Martin Lacey, Ring Master of the Great British Circus's response to the concerns raised by Craig Redmond, from the Captive Animals Protection Society… I had the unfortunate experience of walking by his circus several times last week and I was appalled to see the conditions in which his tigers are kept. How dare he assume that he is doing such beautiful creatures a favour? He is wrong to say that zoos do not want them…. Joanne McLeish, West Knighton. (letter)

News Shopper 15.5.07 GIVE UP MEAT: National Vegetarian Week 2007 will take place between May 21 to May 27. This year its focus will be on the ways vegetarianism can help people reduce their environmental impact…. C Pope, Nurstead Road, Erith (letter)

14.5.07

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 14.5.07 Violence towards animals is sinister - MUST more swans suffer as a result of carelessness and vandalism? On April 30, the RSPCA rescued a swan found at a lake in Peterborough, with a fishing line attached to its neck…. There is a scientifically proven link between people who abuse animals and go on to commit violent acts against humans, which makes it a matter for greater concern…. Let us hope that the powers that be can respond intelligently to the humanitarian point of view, and take tough action on fishing litter and air rifle abuse. KATHERINE WATSON Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire (story)

Bristol Evening Post 14.5.07 THANKS FOR READERS' INTEREST IN MY TRIP - Following an article the Post kindly ran about me and my intended trip to Sri Lanka to care for stray dogs and other animals in need, I would like to thank readers for their interest in my voluntary work… Sarah Bishop, Ashley Down (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 14.5.07 HARSHER SENTENCES REQUIRED - There has been a shocking amount of animal cruelty reported recently. I feel so sad for Ray Marshall who had his beloved cats shot and killed by mindless thugs…. JILL ANDREWSErmine East, Lincoln (letter)

13.5.07

The Sentinel 13.5.07 I REMEMBER THAT SONG BUT NOTHING GOT BETTER - "THE only thing I don't like about Tony Blair is that he's banned fox-hunting," says Robert Billingham, aged 24, of Hatrell Street in Newcastle."The people up around Wetley Rocks do a lot of hunting and it's knackered their way of life. I used to go shooting and I used be a beater, but that's all gone…. (story)

Mail on Sunday 13.5.07 For 15 years I lied for Macca. I didn't tell him but it was easy - smoking all that cannabis helped by LAURA COLLINS - It was not an easy call to make but when news emerged of Sir Paul McCartney's split from Heather, his wife of four years, Geoff Baker did not hesitate… Geoff, a former pop journalist, had been Paul's publicist for 15 years - devoted to looking after the former Beatle's interests - before an acrimonious split… (story)

12.5.07

Western Daily Press 12.5.07 VERMIN? FOXES ARE ANIMALS, TOO - How really great to read Karen Eberhardt Sheldon (Western Daily Press, May 3). I do so miss her column in the weekend supplement.Like so many people, it doesn't matter if the fox is classed as "vermin". To me, it isn't. It's an animal which we share the Earth with…. Pamela Dean Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 12.5.07 MP opposes animal testing By Shelagh Parkinson - BLACKPOOL South MP Gordon Marsden is backing a campaign to stop the inhumane testing of recre-ational drugs on animals…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 12.5.07 Uni refuses to discuss research on primates - CAMBRIDGE University is refusing to give information on primate research to an animal rights group because they fear it would spark further threats to their staff. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has lodged a complaint with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act commissioner after universities refused to give a summary of their current primate research and the number of primates they had used over the past two years. But Cambridge University said their FOI officer carried out a risk assessment and decided that releasing the information would create a significant safety threat to university staff and their families as well as students… (story)

Western Daily Press 12.5.07 CRUELTY MUST BE STOPPED - It was a wonderful campaign that the Western Daily Press organised on behalf of the Moon bears incarcerated in China.It helped so much in bringing the plight of these poor animals to our attention, and as a result, so many of us do what we can to help… Mrs June Coates Stratton St Margaret (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 12.5.07 Ban live animal exports - THE RSPCA, Compassion in World Farming, Animal Aid and most of our animal welfare organisations are totally opposed to the export of farm animals…. BILL BEAN, Poole (story)

11.5.07

Daily Mail 11.5.07 Minister admits fortnightly rubbish collections increase fly-tipping bill to councils By STEVE DOUGHTY - Fortnightly rubbish collections do mean an increase in destructive and dangerous fly-tipping, the Government has admitted…. The admission confirms fears of analysts including the Countryside Alliance pressure group, which said last week that evidence showed councils which drop weekly collections see a big increase in fly-tipping…. (story)

Oxford Times 11.5.07 £4.5m needed for charity By Andrew Ffrench - SECURITY for the construction of Oxford's controversial animal research lab will cost an estimated £4.5m… Animal rights activists have condemned the costs and pledged to continue the fight against the centre in South Parks Road, even after it is completed… Mel Broughton, a spokesman for Speak, said: "I think it's a shameful waste of money - the health service and other areas of research are crying out for money. Even when the lab is finished we will continue to protest."… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 11.5.07 Campaigner steals from co-operative - A PROMINENT campaigner has been caught shoplifting - from a wholefood co-operative. Peace and human rights activist Keith Davis, of Cockermouth, stole from the Harvest Natural Foods store in Bath after striking up a conversation with staff about environmental issues…. (story)
Western Daily Press 11.5.07 'ETHICAL' GURU ADMITS STEALING FROM ECO-SHOP BY BRIAN PRICE - A prominent West campaigner who speaks out regularly on ethical living, environmental and anti-war issues has been left redfaced after being caught shoplifting from a whole-food cooperative. Shocked staff at the Harvest Natural Foods store in Bath watched in disbelief on CCTV as human rights activist Keith Davis filled his pockets with goods as he chatted to shop assistants about environmental matters…. (story)

Western Daily Press 11.5.07 WELCOME TO COUNTRYSIDE I, personally, can never understand the logic in the thought processes of the landowners and farming community of the West Country. For example, we have Derek Mead and many other farmers, plus the Western Daily Press, backing the Taste of the West campaign … Then, in a complete contradiction, in the same edition of the paper, we have the Country Landowners' Association vehemently opposing encouraging people to come to the West Country… With regard to trespass, it is only civil trespass and is not an arrestable offence. If you respect the country code, do no damage and respect all life, only the landowner himself can ask you to leave after he has shown you proof of his ownership, but he or she is not allowed to touch or abuse you verbally…. M J Haines, Cirencester (letter)

10.5.07

Essex Chronicle 10.5.07 FISH DO NOT FEEL PAIN AS WE UNDERSTAND IT - I See Mr Sach, who seems to have nothing better to do than to write on a regular basis to the local papers, has now turned his sights onto fishing.There have been many well-researched explorations into whether fish can feel pain, and all have come to the conclusion that as their nervous systems are completely different to mammals, they do not feel pain as we know it… Terry Pettit, Paradise Road, Writtle, Chelmsford (letter)

Cornishman 10.5.07 YOU CAN HELP CURE MANGE IN WILD FOXES - WILDLIFE lovers will probably have seen that once again many foxes in the area have sarcoptic mange… Simply log on to the National Fox Welfare Society's website. On request they'll send you a free treatment which you simply add to food you leave out for the foxes…. Barbara bakerNewbridge, Truro (letter)

GSK LEGAL ACTION AGAINST PROTESTERS
East Herts Herald 10.5.07 Animal rights protests reined in - ANIMAL rights protestors have been banned from the doorstep of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The firm has won a High Court injunction for 18 of its bases across the UK, including Park Road, Ware…. (story)
Slough Express 4.5.07 Target for animal rights protests wins high court ban - DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline has won its High Court bid to stop animal rights campaigners protesting outside its premises…. (story)
Dartford Times 3.5.07 Drug giant aims to ban protests - A WAVE of threats posed to staff working for a company conducting animal experimentation has led to an injunction banning certain protests. The decision by the High Court on Friday affects all of GlaxoSmithkline's 18 sites, including its Temple Hill factory in Dartford… (story)
Harlow Star 3.5.07 GSK secures ban on animal rights lobby - ANIMAL rights activists have been banned from protesting outside Glaxo-SmithKline after the drugs giant won a High Court injunction…. (story)
Ealing Times 1.5.07 Glaxo win over animal protests - PHARMACEUTICALS giant GlaxoSmithKline won a High Court injunction banning animal rights protestors from the doors of 18 of its bases including Stockley Park in Uxbridge and the site at Greenford in Ealing… And, although the judge said he had sympathy for the group, which he recognised was doing what it could to reign in its members, he said an injunction had to be imposed to prevent unlawful activity. "The careful and moderate submissions of both Dr Max Gastone and Mr Avery suggest that SHAC indeed recognises that there are limits to legitimate protest and the statement of Natasha Avery shows that there is considerable liaison with the police," he said. However, it appears that not all of SHAC's supporters can be relied upon to act lawfully….(story)
Gloucester Citizen 30.4.07 PROTESTS: FIRM GETS INJUNCTION - Animal rights protestors will be banned from the doors of the Coleford's GlaxoSmith-Kline base after the company won a High Court injunction… The order names Greg Avery - a representative for the Stop Huntingdon Cruelty - and Robin Webb from the Animal Liberation Front. SHAC representative, Mr Avery, and his legal advisor, Dr Max Gastone, said the group was doing everything it could to ensure its demonstrations stayed within the law… (story)
North West Evening Mail 28.4.07 DRUGS FIRM WINS INJUNCTION - PHARMACEUTICALS giant GlaxoSmithKline won a High Court injunction banning animal rights protesters from the doors of its Ulverston factory and 17 other UK bases… (story)
Times 28.4.07 Ban on protests - GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical company, won a High Court injunction against animal rights activists accused of intimidating staff…. (story)
Kent/East Sussex Courier 27.4.07 BAN ISSUED ON ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTESTING - Animal rights protesters have been banned from harassing staff at the Tonbridge offices of a multi-national firm. Pharmaceutical giant Glaxosmithkline (GSK) launched a High Court battle to stop the intimidation of employees at 18 centres in England - including one at Old Powder Mills near Hildenborough…. A judge issued a temporary injunction which limits the number of protests at company sites to one every 28 days, bans the use of megaphones, drums and whistles, and restricts the number of protestors….. (story)
Harlow Star 26.4.07 Drugs firm in court bid to curb demos - DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline has launched a High Court bid to prevent animal rights activists from protesting on its premises and targeting its staff. The company, whose research facilities at its New Frontiers Science Park at Pinnacles, Harlow, have been the target for such demonstrations, went to court last Wednesday to seek an extension to an emergency injunction granted earlier this month against Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty and the Animal Liberation Front…. (story)
Teesdale Mercury 24.4.07 Glaxo's court bid to curb animal rights protests - TEESDALE'S biggest employer has launched a legal bid to keep animal rights protestors away from 18 of its bases. Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline has gone to the High Court, claiming protesters have waged a campaign of harassment and intimidation against its employees… (story)
Hillingdon Times 23.4.07 Glaxo in bid to ban protesters - PHARMACEUTICALS giant GlaxoSmithKline has launched a bid to expel animal rights protesters from the doors of 18 of its bases…. (story)
North West Evening Mail 21.4.07 GLAXO STAFF WATCH OUT FOR THREATS FROM ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTESTERS - STAFF at the GlaxoSmithKline factory in Ulverston are on their guard against the possible threat from animal rights protesters. The multi-national pharmaceutical giant has launched a High Court bid to expel animal rights protesters from its 18 UK bases, including its plant in Ulverston…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 19.4.07 ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTESTERS COULD FACE BAN - Animal rights protesters could be banned from the doors of Coleford's GlaxoSmithKline base if a High Court bid is successful.The pharmaceuticals giant yesterday launched a bid to expel protesters from the doors of 18 of its UK bases…. Mr Girolami asked the judge to make the order against Greg Avery, representing the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group, and Robin Webb, representing the Animal Liberation Front… (story)
North West Evening Mail 19.4.07 GSK COURT BID TO STOP PROTESTERS - DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline has launched a bid to expel animal rights protesters from the doors of its 18 UK bases, including its factory in Ulverston… Yesterday, Glaxo’s lawyers asked a High Court judge to grant an injunction to curtail the campaign by creating “exclusion zones” around its premises and banning harassment of workers…. (story)

Argus 10.5.07 Animal testing campaigners hold demo By Miles Godfrey - Campaigners have held a demonstration in an attempt to end live animal experiments. The group, who call themselves Violence Free Science, claim the experiments are being carried out at the University of Sussex and held the demo in its Library Square yesterday afternoon…. (story)

Oxford Mail 10.5.07 Tractors hit in fire attack By Gordon Rogers - A farmer is considering putting up a substantial' reward to help catch arsonists who set light to tractors and agricultural machinery, causing almost half-a-million-pounds worth of damage… Mr Morgan senior said: "Thanks to the quick work of the firefighters the blaze was contained to the machinery - although we lost about 200 tonnes of hay bales. We did not have to move the cattle from the livestock buildings but it must have been very distressing for the animals inhaling smoke." Det Insp Chris Biddle said there was nothing to suggest animal rights activists were involved - although it could not be ruled out…. (story)

Tamworth Herald 10.5.07 CONTROVERSIAL CIRCUS IS BACK - HANNAH GREAVES - A Circus boasting the 'largest collection of wild animals touring Britain' is coming to the area this month, bringing with it the usual storm of animal rights controversy. The Great British Circus comes to Marston in Kingsbury on May 15 with a line-up including lions, tigers, camels, llamas, horses, zebra and reindeer. But the RSPCA has condemned it, saying the use of animals in circuses should be banned…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 10.5.07 CRITICISM UNJUST - I think it is very unjust for two animal societies to describe Mr Lacey's animal circus as "wicked" and "evil"… The opinion of the animal societies is not the voice of the whole population. People still want to see traditional entertainment and the "moral decline" in society is due more to alcohol, drug and noise abuse, than to the circus…. Emma Johnson, Leicester. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 10.5.07 MAILBOX: CIRCUSES DON'T NEED ANIMALS - Martin Lacey, ringmaster of the Great British Circus, tells us that those supporting a boycott of animal circuses are putting animal welfare at risk… This is an insult to genuine animal lovers and rescuers who put themselves out of pocket to ensure the welfare of animals in their care…. Circuses don't need animals to be truly great…. VH Sheppard, Leicester. (letter)

Times 10.5.07 Strict vegans guilty of murder after their baby starves to death - TIM REID IN WASHINGTON - A vegan couple were sentenced to life in jail yesterday for the murder of their malnourished six-week-old son, who weighed just 3½lb (1.6kg) when he died. Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas fed the boy, who was named Crown Shakur, a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice, the Atlanta court heard…. (story)

Western Gazette 10.5.07 HEALTHIER SOURCE OF GOOD FOOD - I Read with interest Dr Alice Cotter's response to the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation's position on dairy.She rightly observes that the VVF's comments were extremely negative towards milk…. The VVF suggest that you get your calcium and other nutrients from healthier sources. Dr Justine Butler, Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation, Bristol. (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 10.5.07 The way forward - In reply to Philip Bird (T&A, May 8), I am not so naive as to think that the world will turn vegan overnight. It will take a long time to wean us away from our addiction to animal flesh. But that is the way forward if we are not to leave a ravaged world to future generations…. Cynthia Trasi, Kirkgate, Shipley (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 8.5.07 Wishful thinking - Replying to Cynthia Trasi (T&A, May 4) I wonder if she can explain how, if the whole world's population turned vegan, the reduction in animals would be gradual?... I repeat if it did our landscape would be altered forever and cows, sheep and pigs etc would all become endangered species…. Philip Bird, Nab Wood Terrace, Shipley (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 4.5.07 The vegan way - Philip Bird (T&A, May 1) claims that thousands of animals would have to be slaughtered if we all became vegans. Firstly, what happens now? Millions are slaughtered annually in the UK alone… Veganism is a viable solution for the future of mankind, other species and the environment on this planet, making the best use of limited natural sources. Cynthia Trasi, Kirkgate, Shipley (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 1.5.07 Vegan future - On the understanding that vegans not only refuse to eat meat but also refuse to wear footwear made from leather and clothing of wool and do not drink milk, what would our countryside look like if we all became vegans, as requested by Heather Mills McCartney on the radio recently? The odd cow, sheep and pig may be reared and kept as a pet but thousands would have to be slaughtered if their meat and other products could not be sold…. Philip Bird, Nab Wood Terrace, Shipley (letter)

Blackpool Citizen 10.5.07 Circus defends use of animals in show - The public are being asked to boycott a circus that will be performing in Fleetwood this week over its use of animals including an elephant. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (Caps) has criticised the Bobby Roberts Circus for being one of just eight circuses in the UK to still use animals, including horses, camels, dogs and an elephant…. (story)

9.5.07

Stuff 9.5.07 The thrill of the Berkeley Hunt By JANE CLIFTON - The Dominion Post - Most New Zealanders probably have a similar view about fox hunting – it looks glorious, but it's utterly barbaric. The Documentary Channel's terrific new series The Last Hunt, Sunday nights, won't convert anyone to the cause. That's not its purpose. But it does lay out the reasons for the almighty fight against the banning of the sport in Britain…. (story)

Irish Independent 9.5.07 Fox hunters are the pests - Dickie Power of the Hunting Association (letters, Independent, 18.04) claims that a recent survey, which shows that a majority of Irish people want foxhunting banned, was "not taken in this jurisdiction". He's entirely wrong. The survey was conducted by Millward Brown at 62 randomly selected sampling points throughout the Republic in conformance with the Code of Conduct of the Market Research Society…. AIDEEN YOURELL, IRISH COUNCIL AGAINST BLOOD SPORTS (letter)
Irish Independent 18.4.07 Huge support for hunting - Your correspondent, John Fitzgerald, was at his best... he goes on to reel off a string of anti-hunt arguments which would hardly hold up at a meeting of the flat earth society.... he quotes the results of the Milward Brown survey on fox hunting... he neglects to inform readers that this survey was not taken in this jurisdiction. He also chooses to ignore the more recent survey undertaken by Cork's 96FM which had over 12,000 votes in favour of hunting versus a massive 147 against... DICKIE POWER, HUNTING ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND (letter)
Irish Independent 14.4.07 Now the hunter becomes the hunted - JOHN FITZGERALD, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)
Irish Examiner 11.4.07 Fox-hunting arguments are contradictory - I WELCOME the Millward Brown opinion poll finding that two out of every three Irish people want fox hunting banned. The reaction of the field sport lobby has again dredged up old arguments in favour of hunting, which rely on a set of contradictory claims…. The fox has been persecuted for long enough. But following the British ban, the day of its deliverance cannot be too far off. John Fitzgerald Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports Lower Coyne St Callan Co Kilkenny (story)

Newcastle Journal 9.5.07 Village fury at rubbish By Dave Black, The Journal - Furious villagers hit out yesterday after fly-tippers dumped a huge pile of rubbish in the middle of a road - in the latest in a succession of incidents to hit Northumberland…. Belsay farmer Richard Dodd, regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said yesterday: "Whoever did this has simply pulled off the A696 and tipped the contents of a wagon all over the minor road to Whalton and Ogle…. (story)

Guernsey Press & Star 9.5.07 Racing professionals hit back at claims of cruelty by Nick Mann - RACING professionals have hit back at claims made locally that the sport was cruel. There were no signs of protests in the paddock at the Guernsey Race Club meeting at L’Ancresse following a leaflet campaign in the run-up to the event. Owners and jockeys vehemently defended the sport… (story)
Guernsey Press & Star 7.5.07 Horse race is unsafe, claims animal activist by Nick Mollet - L’ANCRESSE racecourse is not safe to stage today’s big race meeting, claims an animal rights protester. The Guernseyman who last week left strewn across the common hundreds of leaflets showing a horse with a broken leg has broken his silence to speak to the Guernsey Press…. The 46-year-old, who is married with children, did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals to his family from the horse racing community…. He insisted he was interested only in animal welfare and dismissed any suggestion that he was an animal rights activist… (story)
Guernsey Press & Star 5.5.07 Race protesters fail to send event off course by Nick Mollet - ANIMAL rights activists have left hundreds of leaflets strewn across L’Ancresse Common over the past 48 hours. The leaflets are part of a campaign protesting against Monday’s race meeting. Showing a horse with a broken leg and the phrase ‘Cruelty – You can bet on it’, the leaflets from the UK-based Animal Aid organisation claim that every year in the UK about 375 horses die as a result of racing . Racing consultant for Animal Aid Dene Stansall was yesterday unaware of any individuals behind the leafleting in Guernsey…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 9.5.07 NEW LAW COULD SEE ANIMAL TESTS RETURN - How many readers would agree with testing cosmetics on animals?The UK stopped testing cosmetic ingredients on animals in 1998 but new legislation due to go to the European Parliament in a few weeks, called Reach - Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals - could see a return to this barbaric practice… Kate Forlong, Colleton Mews, Exeter (letter)

Hunts Post 9.5.07 There are better ways than animals - I THINK Andrew Gay is being somewhat naive (The Hunts Post, April 25) when he states that HLS "would never give an animal any compound we believed would harm it. It would be pointless". Far from it, surely?... RICHARD FLYNN, Ashton Gardens, Huntingdon
WELL, we all know what would happen if a bank stepped in and gave HLS a bank account, don't we? RODNEY SCHREW, Woolley Road, Alconbury (letters)

York Press 9.5.07 Bid to ban foie gras continues By Gavin Aitchison - THE York-based petition to ban the sale of foie gras in Britain has closed, after gaining the support of nearly 9,000 people. City of York councillor Paul Blanchard launched the petition on the Downing Street website, as part of his wider campaign against the French delicacy… Coun Blanchard, Labour representative for Heworth, said: "With a petition just a few short of 9,000 signatories, and 58 MPs officially supporting, together with support from the RSPCA, Compassion In World Farming and People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA), as well as many celebrities backing it, I would say it has been a pretty successful campaign…. (story)

Northwich Chronicle 9.5.07 Circus visit sparks animal rights storm - A CIRCUS arriving at Hartford Golf Club today has provoked outrage. Circus Mondao insist their animals are treated 'better than pets', but animal rights activists are furious. Nicky Green of Whatcroft, said: 'The whole circus thing is absolutely horrendous. 'There is so much cruelty involved, from the way they're treated, the way they are trained, the way they travel between towns, everything…. (story)

Western Daily Press 9.5.07 MP CALLS FOR AN END TO 'CRUEL' PIG CRATES BY MATTHEW GEORGE POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT - MPs are calling on the Government to ban controversial farrowing crates for pigs, claiming they can harm both mothers and piglets. They are backing a Commons Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy. She is the only vegan MP and has frequently campaigned on animal welfare issues, including moon bear farming, whaling, vivisection and tail docking… Justin Kerswell of Viva! said a "special barbarity" was reserved for sows, with farrowing units used to maximise profits and productivity at the expense of animal welfare…. (story)
Western Daily Press 9.5.07 BUT THEY SAVE LIVES, SAYS CHRIS RUNDLE - In an ideal world, all pig farmers would probably like to do without farrowing crates. But, as any farmer will tell you, this is far from being an ideal world…. But farrowing crates, in which sows may be confined for as little as two weeks, have a practical purpose; to stop the animals rolling on their fragile young and crushing them…. But, as one farmer who went back to using the crates after abandoning them put it: "Instead of carrying out buckets of dead baby pigs, I now have a 95 to 98 per cent survival rate… (story)

Hendon & Finchley Times 9.5.07 Thank you for contributing to our street collection - Animal Aid would like to thank the people of Golders Green for their generosity in raising £51.83 at a street collection on Saturday, April 28… Bob Wright, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator (letter)

8.5.07

Irish Independent 8.5.07 HUNTERS BECOME - FOXHUNTING HAS BECOME A MAJOR ISSUE WITH THE ELECTION JUST WEEKS AWAY - FOXHUNTING is facing an unprecedented threat to its future as support for an alternative government of Fine Gael, Labour and the Green Party gathers steam…. The Green Party has said it would campaign for heavy penalties for organisers of, and participants in, illegal blood sports if it were elected to government…."That is very much dependent on how many Green seats there are in the next government and the attitude of our prospective coalition partners," says TD Paul Gogarty, arts and sports spokesperson for the Green Party… The only legislation currently pertaining to hunting comes under the remit of Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government… The Ward Union Hunt is covered by this licence, which it must reapply for regularly….(story)
Irish Independent 8.5.07 Polls split on debate - HUNTING is always a major source of conflict and often generates heated and emotional debate, with both sides claiming to have the weight of public opinion on their side…. (story)

Western Daily Press 8.5.07 ACTIVISTS RAP HUNT GROUPS - Animal rights activists in the West have accused pro-hunt groups of scaremongering after recent figures revealed Exmoor's deer population is rising…. (story)

Witney Gazette 8.5.07 Hunting ban - At first glance, David Cameron's pledge to allow a free vote by MP's on the fox hunting ban doesn't seem significant… But it is significant - it demonstrates clearly that he is prepared to ignore the wishes of the vast majority of the public in this country…. The best action to take would be to make the fox a protected species, just like the badger… R Lee, Burford Road, Witney (letter)

Essex Echo 8.5.07 Mauled to death by a fox By Mike Miners - A WOMAN is warning pet owners to protect small animals from foxes after finding her pet dog savaged to death. Jackie Cockbill, 51, of Oakhurst Road, Southend, was distraught when she found Sophie lying dead in her back garden. But it was not the first time Sophie, an 11-year-old cross between a chihuahua and a Yorkshire terrier, had been attacked by urban foxes… A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "I've never heard of a fox attacking a dog before, even a small one, but obviously I cannot question the vets who saw the wound… (story)

Dover Mercury 8.5.07 Protestors again urge Government to end live calf exports by Mary Graham - ANIMAL rights campaigners were back at Dover’s Eastern Docks during the Bank Holiday for a protest marking a year since the ban on exporting live veal calves was lifted. Members of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Kent Against Live Exports (KALE) were joined by the local MP Gwyn Prosser in calling for a halt to live exports… CIWF’s head of campaigns, Gill Sanders, said: "These calves are just two weeks old and susceptible to stress and suffering during their journey…. (story)

Western Daily Press 8.5.07 MORE WAYS TO HELP SAVE BEARS - We are pleased to read the Western Daily Press is again behind the moon bear rescue… The South Somerset China Bear Rescue group has organised a five- mile sponsored walk along the footpaths around the villages of Norton-sub-Hamdon on June 10…. Delma and Ray Creek, Montacute, Somerset (letter)

7.5.07

Western Daily Press 7.5.07 NO PLACE FOR HUNTING TODAY - So David Cameron, the Tory leader, has promised to try to overturn the hunting ban if he is returned to power at the next election… Well, Dave, witch-dipping, cock-fighting, bear-baiting and hanging, drawing and quartering were all once long-established parts of British life, but they have all now, thankfully, been given the elbow, just as hunting has…. Julian Brown, Gloucestershire (letter)

Oxford Mail 7.5.07 Tory reveals true colours - So, David Cameron wants to bring back hunting. It didn't take him long to show his true colours, did it?... These people who continue to hunt are a public nuisance and a menace to society…. Andrew Coles, Ladywell Close, North Leigh (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 7.5.07 KEEP OUT THIS RURAL RIFF RAFF … Given that the Countryside Alliance is fond of telling us townies and city dwellers that we do not understand country ways and should keep our noses out of their affairs, may I make a suggestion to them? You keep the rural riff-raff, otherwise known as certain members of the Young Farmers, out of Torquay in future or else be prepared to pay heavily, legally and financially, the next time you want to turn our town into the old Dodge City on payday…. JACK CRITCHLOW, Sherwell Hill, Chelston, Torquay (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 7.5.07 Circus message to animal protesters By Tom Halstead - A CIRCUS heading for the Fylde has delivered a defiant message to animal rights activists poised to stage a protest. Bobby Roberts' Super Circus will be pitching its big top at Rossall Road, Fleetwood, from Wednesday to Sunday complete with performing horses, dogs and Anne the elephant. The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) is trying to rally support for a picket of the circus site, demanding an end to animals in circuses…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 7.5.07 MAILBOX: PUTTING ANIMALS AT RISK - I am disgusted that Craig Redmond, of the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS), a group that claims to protect animals, attempts to encourage Mercury readers to boycott the Great British Circus…. Does CAPS not realise that our animals are working animals and need to be properly exercised, trained and cared for in order to work, which makes a nonsense of Craig Redmond's statement that the travelling circus, by its very nature, is totally incapable of meeting all the needs of the animals?... Martin Lacey, ringmaster, Great British Circus (story)

Western Morning News 7.5.07 BADGER CULL LOOMS - THE Government is on the brink of allowing a cull of badgers in areas where bovine TB is rife - sparking a furious new row between farmers and animal protection groups…. South Devon farmer and NFU regional chairman Richard Haddock said: "The hints we're getting are there will be limited licences issued… Badger Trust chief executive Dr Richard Yarnell said: "The farmers are being presumptuous…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 6.5.07 Farmers to launch mass badger cull By Jasper Copping, Sunday Telegraph - Farmers are preparing to restart badger culls across the country for the first time in almost a decade, it can be revealed… Tony Blair and David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, have been involved in discussions about lifting the moratorium. The Cabinet will make the final decision…. Richard Yarnell, the chief executive of the Badger Trust, said the problem could only be dealt with by stopping the disease spreading between cattle… (story)

Irish Examiner 7.5.07 Moral deficit - ON the issue of animal rights, I agree with Margaret Twohig (Letters, April 23) that we have a long way to go before we measure up to Gandhi’s idea of a moral nation…. I agree fully that we should protect animals from cruelty, but what about the cruelty and pain involved in the abortion of an unborn child? Eils Grealy Spokesperson Galway For Life Ozanam House Galway (letter)

6.5.07

Telegraph 6.5.07 Mother of animal rights hate campaigner baffled by his crime By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter, Sunday Telegraph - Peggy Ablewhite gazes at a photograph of her fair-haired, blue-eyed son as a schoolboy… Today, 30 years after that picture was taken, Mrs Ablewhite… only sees her son, Jon, once a month - at HMP Lowdham Grange, a Category B jail nine miles north-east of Nottingham. He is serving a sentence as a mastermind of a six-year hate crusade against a family that bred guinea pigs…. At 18, Ablewhite went to Leicester University to study history and English… While others played sport, he went with fellow students to disrupt fox hunts. He was arrested and fined at least once as a hunt saboteur….. (story)

LIE OF THE LAND - MOLLY DINEEN
Sunday Times 6.5.07 He’s been edited down to nothing - AA GILL …. The Lie of the Land(Thursday, C4) was a documentary that went into rural England by way of the Countryside March and the hunting ban, then turned left to follow the men who have to dispose of unwanted livestock made worthless by our confusion and ignorance. A place where squeamishness and sentimentality lead to suffering and death, not just of the animals but of the communities and lives that tend them…. (story)
Scotland on Sunday 6.5.07 On the box - AIDAN SMITH … The Lie Of The Land, Channel 4, Thursday, 9pm … There were some marvellously ripe accents in The Lie Of The Land, an elegy for country life as so few of us understand it, and a contender for documentary of the year…. A succession of sad, tired men of the soil pointed up dumb contradictions in animal welfare policy and how they’ve helped to bowdlerise the countryside and turn it into a playground for “ townies” who fail to un-derstand that death must happen…. (story)
Observer 6.5.07 This rural ride will bring you to tears - Kathryn Flett - Quite apart from the fact that she makes excellent films, the documentary-maker Molly Dineen occupies a special place in my affections - her debut, the multi-award-winning Home From the Hill, was the subject of my first piece of TV criticism, 20 years ago. Molly's latest film, The Lie of the Land, has something in common with her first, in that they both made me cry, albeit for completely different reasons. While Home From the Hill lovingly charted a sentimental journey, The Lie of the Land is a capital-I, capital-F Important Film, utterly devoid of sentiment. It has made me feel sad, angry, guilty, and as a result not merely made me vow to change the way I live my life, but actually do it…. (story)
Times 4.5.07 Last night’s TV - IAN JOHNS - The Lie of the Land, Channel 4 - Nowadays, dramas can look like documentaries, the casting and plotting tricks of reality TV are used in factual programmes, and even news bulletins sometimes resort to reconstructions. That makes the work of the award-winning documentary-maker Molly Dineen even more striking as she lets a story tell itself. For The Lie of the Land, she had begun pondering rural folk after the hunting ban and found former farmers trying to get hounds to follow socks scented with eau de liquidised fox. But she also came across the “flesh run”, with Cornish farmers Ian and Paul collecting dead livestock to feed the hunt hounds…. As she asked questions from behind her camera, they replied as if they had known her all their lives. And the look of anger and regret on the faces of Ian and Paul as they pulled the trigger said it all. (story)
Telegraph 4.5.07 Countryside reaps a bitter harvest By Alice Thomson - The silky brown calf looks up, pleading, it flings its head from side to side before it is shot between the eyes. The farmer has paid the kennelman £2 and a packet of fudge to kill the newborn male calf and feed it to the hounds…. Here is a self-confessed townie telling us that genocide is going on in the countryside, that farmers are so poor they are struggling to feed their livestock and that Britain is in danger of becoming a grey and unpleasant land…. (story)
Telegraph 4.5.07 Confident tricksters take Tinseltown Last night on television By Gerard O'Donovan … Over on Channel 4 documentary maker Molly Dineen’s The Lie of the Land is bound to have ruffled feathers. Not least for its disturbing scenes of healthy calves being shot, skinned and fed to hounds because, in the current economic climate, farmers cannot afford to do anything else with them. As a portrait of British rural life in crisis (thanks to conservation-mad New Labour, exploitative supermarkets and Defra red tape) this was hard- hitting stuff… (story)
Guardian 4.5.07 Last night's TV - Lucy Mangan - Farmers have to pay £70 to have the carcasses of their dead animals taken away by specialist disposal companies. Most of them prefer to call men such as Ian, who, for four quid a cadaver, will load them on to the back of his truck as part of the "flesh run" and deliver them to the hungry dogs at the local hunt kennels. In the latest of her unbroken series of fine documentaries, The Lie of the Land (Channel 4), Molly Dineen's unflinching camera follows Ian to a farm where the owner has asked him to put down a perfectly healthy cross-bred Guernsey calf…. (story)
Scotsman 4.5.07 Green at the gills in our unpleasant land - ANDREA MULLANEY - The Lie Of The Land, Channel 4 - THE killing of animals seems to be the current TV trend…. But the "flesh run" in Molly Dineen's angry film was still shocking…. Dineen, who is very present in her films as a sympathetic interviewer who gets right into her subjects' lives, clearly couldn't get over this. "It made me wonder why we don't seem to care about the fate of these animals and yet care so passionately about others," she said, pointing out that 700 parliamentary hours were spent debating the issue of hounds killing foxes, while countryside people believe that they're the real victims…. (story)
Times 3.5.07 Tonight's TV - DAVID CHATER - The Lie of the Land, Channel 4, 9pm - Molly Dineen has been responsible for some of the finest documentaries of recent years (including In the Company of Men), and her latest film does not disappoint. She has always had a talent for capturing the eccentric charm of her subjects, but this portrait of a farming community on its knees is filled with shock and disbelief…. (story)
Independent 1.5.07 John Walsh: Tales of the City - 'The animal wrestles gamely, and there's a terrible, mad look in its eye before Ian shoots it in the head' - Most documentary-makers, I'd guess, set out with a firm agenda of scenes they want to film and points they want to put across, so it's good to find that the gods of serendipity can still be found playing games with human intentions…. Ms Dineen thought she was going to make a film about the plight of rural hunting folk, in the wake of the Hunting Bill. She took her hand-held camera down to the Lizard in Cornwall, to check out the lost haut-monde of pink tail coats, stirrup cups and people shouting: "Tally-ho!" Instead, she found a depressed community of desperately poor local ex-farmers trying to hang on to some semblance of hunting lore while training hounds to follow the scent of dead, bleached and liquidised foxes, dragged across the fields in an old sock… As Ms Dineen explores further into the economics of farming, terrible home truths appear: that farmers can't make a profit on milk when they're paid only 14p per litre; that beef farmers can't compete with Argentina and Brazil in getting their meat into supermarkets; that Defra doesn't pay farmers to raise livestock any more, only to protect wildlife; that more and more meat is imported from countries with lower food safety standards than British ones; and that many farmers are simply giving up the struggle and raising daffodils instead or letting their barns out to tourists…. (story)
Sunday Times 22.4.07 Charting the farmer's ruin - Molly DIneen tells Richard Brooks of her new film revealing bleak countryside truths… The Lie of the Land, looks at farmers who are struggling. Like Ian Williams from Cornwall, who earns his living from killing animals for farmers and then selling them, sometimes for just £2 a cow, to the local hunt for the dogs to eat…. The Lie of the Land is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday, May 3 (story)

Scotland on Sunday 6.5.07 Cruelty claims are ridiculous - IN RESPONSE to the article 'Cruelty claims' (April 29), it is ridiculous to suggest that the League Against Cruel Sports would be "promoting cruelty" on its land. The League vigorously campaigns for improvements to animal welfare and an end to cruelty. To suggest it supports any behaviour which would cause suffering to animals is outrageous… Louise Robertson, Scotland campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports, Rosyth (letter)

5.5.07

Brighton Argus 5.5.07 Just say no to mice on drugs, says MP By Andy Tate - An MP has launched a campaign to stop boffins dealing class A drugs to mice…. Now Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, has tabled a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to stop granting licences for "harmful experiments" on animals which are aimed at investigating the effects of recreational drugs…. The motion, which is supported by six MPs in total, follows a report by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) which details several of the tests carried out over the past ten years…. (story)
Bristol Evening Post 5.5.07 STOP GIVING RATS DRUGS - Animal experiments which force rats and mice to take cocaine and other recreational drugs must be stopped, a Bristol MP has said… Now Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP, has backed a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to stop granting licences for "harmful experiments" on animals which are aimed at investigating the effects of recreational drugs…. (story)

Western Morning News 5.5.07 NO NEED TO CULL SEAGULLS - Andy Maslen noted the many fruitless efforts to reduce the seagull population (WMN, April 26).He proposes culling, but that has also been proved to be a waste of time and money…. Elsie van der Steen, Paignton (letter)

4.5.07

Sutton Coldfield Observer 4.5.07 RSPCA SLAMS USE OF CIRCUS ANIMALS - HANNAH GREAVES - As two circuses come to the Royal Town this month, the RSPCA has condemned the use of animals for entertainment. The Great British Circus brings 'the largest collection of wild animals touring Britain' to Marston in Kingsbury on May 15 with a line-up boasting lions, tigers, camels, llamas, horses, zebra and reindeer."A day without my animals is a day without sunshine," says circus director, Martin Lacey. But the RSPCA believes that the use of animals in circuses should be banned…. (story)

John O'Groat Journal 4.5.07 Joanne’s full-blooded approach to animal rights By Elizabeth-Anne Mackay - A HIGH-profile anti-fur demonstration vilifying a leading fashion chain in London last year resulted in the arrest of local animal rights activist and environmentalist Joanne Sim. Dressed in “grotesque” fur coats, smeared with symbolic red paint, the former Thurso High School pupil and her fellow volunteers from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took over the Burberry store in an anti-fur protest with the message “Burberry: Death for Sale”…. Twenty-two-year-old Joanne’s exploits to promote animal rights have been making headlines both in this country and abroad since she moved to Edinburgh three years ago to join one of Scotland’s foremost animal protection agencies, Advocates for Animals…. (story)

3.5.07

Western Gazette 3.5.07 HUNTSMAN RUNS FOR POLITICAL PARTY - Cattistock huntsman Charlie Watts has helped raise almost £20,000 for the Countryside Alliance by completing the London Marathon.Mr Watts, who has been huntsman for the Cattistock hunt for the past 17 seasons, finished the 26-mile course in four hours and 58 minutes…. (story)
Dorset Daily Echo 24.4.07 Everyone's a marathon winner By Mary Griffin - Dorset runners braved the heat for the sweatiest London Marathon ever…. Charlie Watts - HUNTSMAN Charlie Watts has raised a whopping £6,000 with his marathon efforts. Mr Watts, 47, of the Cattistock Hunt, is an old hand at the 26-mile run, having tackled it twice before…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 3.5.07 Hunt-following youngster grows up to be a part of it By Simon Bristow - WHEN the Holderness Hunt set out one fine morning 24 years ago, its riders would not have given the young boy trotting along behind them much thought…. Dave Elliott, who celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday, has realised his life's ambition by being appointed as the new huntsman with Holderness. He succeeds the veteran Robert Howarth, who stepped down in March after a 27-year career… Mr Elliott got his introduction to life at the kennels when he went there to gain work experience aged 14. During the summer holidays he would work as a whipper-in with the York and Ainsty South Hunt, where his mother also rode. After three seasons as an amateur there, he joined the Badsworth Hunt in West Yorkshire, working as a whip/kennelman. Again working under the watchful eye of the huntsman, he was learning his trade at the sharp end, doing all the "dirty jobs"…. He joined the Lamerton Hunt in Stowford, Devon, as kennel-huntsman and took a chance to step up when the regular huntsman broke his leg… (story)

Western Daily Press 3.5.07 HUNTING BAN CLASH AS PARTIES MAKE A FINAL APPEAL TO WOO THE FLOATING VOTERS - FOX hunting moved into the spotlight yesterday as politicians made their final appeal for votes in today's elections. With millions of people heading for the polls, the party leaders were hoping to woo floating voters. Tory leader David Cameron promised a rethink on the hunting ban would be high on his agenda if he became Prime Minister…. (story)

Oxford Times 3.5.07 'Give MPs vote on hunting ban' By Andy Tate - ANIMAL rights supporters reacted angrily to plans by Tory leader David Cameron to give MPs a free vote to repeal the fox hunting ban…. Penny Little, of the organisation Protect Our Wild Animals, based in Great Haseley, described his comments as "appalling…. Richard Dossett-Davies, a member of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust and Green Party supporter, from Cogges Hill Road, Witney, said: "There are people who break the law with dog fighting and badger baiting. Does that mean we should also repeal those laws?... (story)

Western Daily Press 3.5.07 DON'T BLAME THE POOR FOX - Controversy over hunting in the UK has polarised feelings about foxes - they are either vermin to be controlled by one means or another, or they are part of nature's rich tapestry. KAREN EBERHARDT SHELTON, a chicken- loving American writer who now lives in Devon, knows which side of the wire she pecks on ...(story)

Western Daily Press 3.5.07 END ANIMAL 'SPORTS' - Thank you to Helen Reid for giving room in her column to publicising the appalling cruelty of bullfighting… Unfortunately, this same kind of sadistic "pleasure" can be seen far closer to home. Fox hunting, deer hunting and the pursuit of any defenceless animal to satisfy the bloodlust of these sick people will always rank as one of the most unpalatable sides of human nature…. R M Morris, Somerset (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 3.5.07 TAYSIDE DRIVE TO DISCOVER THE GREAT OUTDOORS - Gamekeepers and anglers encouraged visitors to explore the great outdoors at a launch event at Perth Racecourse yesterday…. The free Discovery Day event has been organised by the Perth and Kinross Outdoor Access Forum as part of Scottish Natural Heritage's Outdoor Access Festival…. (story)

Whitehaven News 3.5.07 Dog owner fined over tail docking - AN EGREMONT dog owner has admitted engaging unqualified person, to dock the tails of four rottweiler puppies. Lucie Clare Gravell, 27, of Gillfoot Road, was fined £100 for using a person who was unlawfully practising veterinary surgery…. Judge Gerard Chalk, accepted that the defendant was a “caring dog owner’’ and that the docking of the tail wasn’t the “worst offence of its kind.’… (story)

Scotsman 3.5.07 Killer mink hunt spreads in push to save native seabirds - JOHN ROSS - THE hunt is being widened for an alien invader that is preying on native wildlife. Efforts are continuing to wipe out American mink on Lewis and Harris, but the net is to be widened to tackle the animals' progress on Mull and Iona…. (story)

UK Pets 3.5.07 BVA Animal Welfare Foundation 2007 Discussion Forum - A discussion of the role of the veterinary profession in animal welfare is to take place at the The British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA, AWF) 2007 Forum at the Royal Society of British Architects (RIBA) next Wednesday, 9 May… Further sessions will address welfare concerns relating to animals in racing and will include a presentation by Annette Crosbie OBE from the League Against Cruel Sports while the other will debate animal welfare in organic farming lead by Helen Browning of the Soil Association… (story)

Cambridge Evening News 3.5.07 Animals feel too From Joan Court, Quaker Concern for Animals, Sturton Street, Cambridge - TIPU Aziz is mistaken in believing that British society has a humanoid perception of animals. Any discerning person knows that animals feel pain, fear and pleasure and have varying degrees of intelligence and awareness…. (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 3.5.07 VEGAN CUISINE IN THE SPOTLIGHT - The best in vegan food will be on offer at an event in Stroud.Woodruffe's Cafe will host an I Don't Believe It's Vegan evening on Saturday…. Mark Gold, from Animal Aid, said: "When Animal Aid began, restaurants hardly catered for vegetarians at all. Now there is a fantastic range of foods available. The aim of our I Don't Believe It's Vegan evenings is partly to celebrate the progress that has been made, but also to show people how delicious and varied an animal-free diet can be. And, of course, it is healthy, too."… (story)

Leicester Mercury 3.5.07 CIRCUS DEFENDS ANIMAL DECISION BY GEMMA PEPLOW - Circus bosses today defended their decision to use animals in their show… The Great British Circus, performing over the next fortnight in Glen Parva, Leicester, is one of the last few remaining circuses which still tours with wild animals, including lions, tigers, camels, zebras and kangaroos…. Volunteers from Leicester Animal Concern condemned the use of animals and said circuses can operate just as well relying on human skills…. Spokesman Phil Hudson said: "What the dickens, in this day and age, are wild animals being traipsed up and down the country in cages to be shown off to the public? We have been round trying to stop businesses from advertising it…." The Captive Animals Protection Society, a national group, is calling on people in Leicester to boycott the circus, which will be on every night until Sunday, May 13…. (story)

North East Evening Gazette 3.5.07 Suffering of animals - How can Ms Dewings (Your Say, 26.4.07) support Mr Spedding of the Hope Animal Sanctuary when he has admitted nine counts of cruelty and neglect to 61 animals within his care?... KM THRELFALL, Hartlepool
I AM very surprised that Ms Carole Dewings has given her support to Cliff Spedding of the Hope Animal Sanctuary since he has pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals at the sanctuary… J BENNISON, Hartlepool (letters)

2.5.07

Mirror 2.5.07 CAM: I LOVE KILLING, ME - By Bob Roberts Deputy Political Editor - DAVID Cameron last night boasted how he loves blood sports and wants to bring back fox-hunting if he ever becomes Prime Minister. The Tory leader said he still found time to shoot "the odd pigeon" and that there was nothing cruel or barbaric in killing animals for fun…. Appearing on TalkSport radio, Mr Cameron was asked if he saw anything wrong with hunting or shooting. He said: "No, I don't see anything wrong with it at all. I was brought up in the country, I enjoy country sports, I still have a bit of time for the odd pigeon. And sometimes do a bit of fishing."… (story)

Telegraph 2.5.07 Bill Bryson gives up writing to keep Britain tidy By Alice Thomson - The American chronicler of British life, Bill Bryson, is giving up his writing career to launch a national campaign against littering. The author who writes about batty landladies, cream teas and English quirks was nominated yesterday as the new president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England…. Unlike his predecessor, Sir Max Hastings, he has no interest in hunting or shooting. "I have never hunted. I don't quite see the point of it, it's a British thing that is confusing to an outsider," he said. "Nothing about shooting appeals to me either and I have never fished, it is the most boring possible human activity. But fisherman look quite tranquil and bucolic."… (story)
Daelnet 2.5.07 Dales-lover Bill Bryson joins countryside campaign - THE famous American author Bill Bryson, who wrote some of his best-selling books at a cottage in the Yorkshire Dales, is to become President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, it was announced today…. (story)

Stockport Express 2.5.07 Travelling circus sparks protest - A PROTEST was held by a Stockport animal rights group at a touring circus which was held in Romiley. Circus Mondao held nine performances at Waterside Farm between Wednesday and Sunday last week, using animals which included zebra, horses, ponies, dogs, a mule and a rabbit. The protest was organised by Stockport Animal Defenders, who claim animals in circuses are mistreated, a charge completely dismissed by the Circus Mondao owners. The Defender’s John Brown said: "The public only see the performances and not the suffering…. (story)

Macclesfield Express 2.5.07 Protesters blow their top over ‘cruel’ circus - ANGRY animal demonstrators gathered outside a circus big top last night in protest over the touring company’s live performing animals. The organisation, Stockport Animal Defenders, who have been campaigning for 12 years, waved banners and chanted outside the Circus Mondao, off the Silk Road on Bollington Road, in a bid to discourage audiences from going…. John Brown, 60, a retired electrician who has been a member of Stockport Animal Defenders for over a decade, said: "The real problem is that the public who go to the circus only see the performance, and not the suffering behind the scenes…. (story)

1.5.07

Mid Devon Gazette 1.5.07 HUNTING OUT A TRUE COUNTRY GENT - Tom Yandle is chairman of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and a former High Sheriff of Somerset, but on the day I went to see him he was driving a cattle transporter… (story)

Western Morning News 1.5.07 A LONG AND PAINFUL DEATH IS WORSE - While i am a lover of all animals, including the fox, I still think that hunting is the best way to control the fox population. It certainly beats other methods… Suzanne Kiteley Princetown (letter)

Western Morning News 1.5.07 APATHY IS THE KILLER - John Phelps' letter, April 10, condemning the apathy of pensioners and people in general was somewhat interesting.He informs us that having spent a day with colleagues at Dawlish campaigning for a ban on hunting, of the 300 or so people they met, many of them pensioners on holiday from the Midlands, who were happy to sign postcards to their MPs asking them to vote for a ban, almost exactly half then flabbergasted him by admitting that they knew neither the name nor the party of their MP. It is reasonable therefore to assume that these people's political ignorance is matched only by their ignorance of hunting and country life…. W T Sweet, Helston (letter)
Western Morning News 10.4.07 APATHY OF TOO MANY PENSIONERS IS DISGRACE - I join Michael Thompson (Pensioners' champion has been let down, March 20) in paying tribute to Albert Venison, of the Devon Pensioners Action Forum…. A few years ago I spent a day at Dawlish with colleagues campaigning for a ban on hunting. The 300 people we met, many of them pensioners on holiday from the Midlands, were happy to sign postcards to their MPs asking them to vote for a ban. But I was flabbergasted to find that almost exactly half of them knew neither the name nor party of their MP… John Phelps, Exeter (letter)

Western Morning News 1.5.07 ATTACK ON CAMERON WAS SICK JOKE - I write, with no small measure of disgust, in reply to Jean Turner's letter "Hunt ban is here to stay"(WMN, February 20).The best that I can say is that once again her shrill screeching shows us what is really behind the campaign against hunting and the sort of social misfits who people it… Tess Nash, Helston (letter)

Western Daily Press 1.5.07 MAN HURTS PLANET MORE THAN FOXES - Regarding Roy Bird's letter "Fewer foxes since ban on hunting" (Your Say, March 31), who does more damage to this planet - humans or foxes? I would say humans a millionfold…. Bev Donaway, Tetbury (letter)

Western Mail 1.5.07 Selfish fly-tipping is ‘worse than wind farms’ by Simon Hart, Western Mail - AS THE local elections loom large this week, two areas the Countryside Alliance has been campaigning on so far this year deserve comment, and highlight how important these issues are to communities across Wales. Last week saw National Fly-tipping Awareness Week; an initiative of the Countryside Alliance as part of our national Fly-tipping – Scrap It campaign, dedicated to highlighting the blight of fly-tipping across Britain…. Such shortsightedness is also true of the recently proposed Post Office closures. ollowing the public consultation that closed in early March, it appears that the UK Government is going to continue with its propositions regardless of the mass public feeling against such closures…. (story)

Guardian 1.5.07 Animal rights militants losing the war - Peter Walker - It was once a familiar story: the planned animal testing laboratory or breeding centre quietly abandoned as company after company dropped out of the project, its staff and their families worried about intimidation and threats of violence…. Now, however, as illustrated by today's arrest of 30 suspected animal rights militants in a series of raids around the UK and Europe, the pendulum appears to be swinging back. Much of it has been down to the shared resolve of the government and city investors involved in medical research to fight back against what they perceive as blinkered anti-science fanaticism…. Parallel to all this has been a perceived change in public attitude against what some complain is the tyranny of militant groups trying to impose what is, according to opinion polls, a minority view about animal testing… (story)

Western Morning News 1.5.07 TIME RUNNING OUT FOR BID TO END ANIMAL TESTS - Only three months are left for our MEPs to sign a written declaration calling for an end to primate tests in Europe… Vivisection is cold, callous, clinically cruel - and scientific fraud. Louise Piddington Plymouth (letter)

York Press 1.5.07 Horse show protest anger By Mike Laycock - AN ANIMAL rights protester claims she was knocked to the ground while demonstrating outside the Spirit Of The Horse show on York's Knavesmire. Sarah Ford claimed that a woman driver drove towards her and a friend and they had to stand back to avoid being hit…. The aftermath of the incident was captured on video by fellow members of the pressure group York Action For Animals (YAFA)…. Spirit Of The Horse featured performing horses, including Spanish dancing horses and Mongolian stunt riders…. (story)

Western Morning News 1.5.07 REMEMBER WILDLIFE - Chris Gale, ltshire (letter)
Bath Chronicle 28.4.07 HELP SAVE THEIR LIVES - The recent hot weather, while enjoyed by many people, can be a calamity for the animals we share our environment with…. CHRIS GALE, Dover Street, Chippenham (letter)

Portsmouth News 1.5.07 MP seeks to close dolphin loophole - PORTSMOUTH MP Mike Hancock has launched a bid to stop dolphins being kept in captivity in the UK. The Lib Dem, who is a patron of the Captive Animals Protection Society, has tabled an early day motion in Parliament to close a loophole in the law that could allow dolphins, whales and porpoises to be kept in tanks…. (story)